Monsoon rains normally start at Basunti in mid to late June with fairly light rains, developing into heavy downpours in July and possibly early August. By the end of August, the rains would subside, followed by the classic, glorious Indian summer months of Sept/Oct/Nov; Bright, clear sunny days, with cool nights, truly idyllic weather that […]
Within ten days of hatching the Bulbul chicks were fully fledged and had left the nest. I do not know if this is a normal time span for the Himalayan Bulbul, or if it was helped by the fact that they had their own parents, plus the Oriental White-eyes feeding them…
One of the after effects of the storm is that any birds that had built their nest in an exposed location, found it completely trashed the following morning. The Oriental White-eyes build tiny, delicate, little nests. This one must have taken a direct hit from a very large hailstone as all three eggs were […]
May is the storm season in this part of India, when the plains heat up and the hot air collides with the cool air coming off the Himalaya. Yesterday was hot and sultry with a very hot breeze coming from the Punjab. I knew we were in for something special as what was coming […]
Decided to treat the next few days as a road trip with fishing thrown in. It was with great anticipation that we departed Basunti early in the morning and headed of, driving the back roads to Barot. About an hour from Basunti we were rewarded with the bizarre sight of a man […]
12th-19th October, 2012
Following the success of CinemaXanadu’s Film lovers retreat in October 2010, Basunti is looking forward to their return in 2012. CinemaXanadu is a film club based in a small privately owned cinema in London. The club focuses on films that are outside of the mainstream tradition.
Films will be shown […]
The retreat at Basunti was even better than dreamed or imagined. It was a larger, three dimensional and vibrant version of the pictures on the Basunti website – a walk-in photo shoot with all senses awakened.
It felt that the yoga was restorative with ancient techniques practiced in the land of their origin. Certainly […]
After contemplating my four and a half coming months of total freedom, decided to spend the first few days in the garden giving everything a much needed watering. Also started preparing all […]
This year’s potato crop was planted early in November last year. The seed potatoes, which I had pre-ordered, came from the Barot Valley. This valley is renowned for its potato growing and discerning potato eaters buy the crops in advance from the farmers, so very little actually gets to the market.
I have harvested […]
For the last three days the monkeys have been keeping a very low profile. All three troupes have gone up to the little town of Khatiar where they have camped as close to human habitation as possible. The cows have also been very reluctant to leave the village, as normally you would find them foraging […]