Even after the daily depredations of the Barbets, Parakeets and Himalayan Civet Cat, we still managed to harvest over seventy Kilos of organic, Italian peaches, just from one tree. After sharing some with the staff, fifty were put in the fridge for later consumption. The remaining peaches were diced and put in the sun to […]
We arrived late afternoon to Basunti, an oasis of peace and tranquillity after a tiring journey. The next day we found that the monsoon season had yet to finish, but this did not dampen our spirits, as we practiced our yoga in the comfort of the Shala. The afternoons were brighter and very hot, […]
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…
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 […]
While preparing our Fishing for the Golden Mahseer tour in India this year (click here for details), I was preoccupied with concerns about conservation.
Although a lot has been stated about various efforts to preserve the remarkable Golden Mahseer in India, my own experiences paint a slightly bleaker picture. Fortunately, Himachal does […]
The Golden Mahseer are not feeding – there is no movement on the surface of the lake – they must have retreated into deep water. In this part of Himachal Pradesh, the Sun is not rising until 06:45am at the moment. As fishing is not an option for now, it is a lovely time to […]