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Savista, at Village Sanjharia, Off Ajmer Road, Jaipur 302026, Rajasthan

When Travel Leads to Volunteering: Hedda’s Story

“How it all began. I had visited India once before. I spent 4 weeks at a CISV-camp in Lucknow at the age of 12, making new friends and expanding horizons. Although, I didn’t get to see much of the cultural[…]

Our four-legged residents: Soumya and Sharanya

Soumya and Sharanya are our two little girls… Our kids… Our goatsies. Soumya first arrived at Savista as a one day old baby with her mother Sukanya. Sukanya had been born and brought up on Dholia’s farm – Dholia is[…]

Ode to a Rajasthani Folk Legend: Tejaji

Today is celebrated as the Tejaji festival across rural Rajasthan, and everybody in the village where Savista is situated is looking forward to the procession this evening which will commemorate the life of this folk hero. Savista’s staff took off[…]

BIRDWATCH: The Small Minivet

The Small Minivet (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus) is listed among the common birds of the Indian sub-continent. It is to be found everywhere in the country, wherever it can find its naturally preferred habitat of forests, groves, gardens and tree-dotted cultivation. It[…]

Organic Farming at Savista

At Savista, we are just entering our kharif agricultural season. The Indian kharif agricultural season coincides with the monsoons. It spans the months starting from late June / mid-July when the rains start ( depending on the region concerned), and[…]

Of Monsoon Rhythms and Golden Orioles

The delayed heavy rains following upon the first pre-monsoon showers that we reported on in our last post did the disappearing trick, and once again the onset of the full-scale monsoon was delayed. Once again, there was a fairly long[…]

The rains have arrived!

We have been having fairly regular thunder showers through the last fortnight and, from the day following the summer solstice, these brief and furious showers have been a daily occurrence. But  it was only late last evening that the rains in[…]