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Savista, at Village Sanjharia, Off Ajmer Road, Jaipur 302042, Rajasthan

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[…]

Savista’s Guests : Ken and Janine’s Story

Last year, it was at around this time, when the rains had set in but it was not raining everyday to keep the temperature cool, and the days were super hot and muggy.  Ken phoned from ‘somewhere in India’ to[…]

Retreating…Tania Han’s reflections on Savista Retreat T After two days at the Pushkar Fair, we were desperate for respite from the dust and noise. We hadn’t slept well for some nights now; besides the noise of the fair, it was also[…]

Jaipur Seasons – Hello Autumn!

Today, nature in Jaipur has declared autumn. We had a few early signs around September 27, when the Parijat and Orange Jasmine – which flower only during the autumn months – suddenly came into bloom.  There was a nip in[…]