the retreat bhimtal

the retreat bhimtal

The Retreat at Bhimtal is a charming, family owned 19th-century colonial bungalow nestled among the Himalayan foothills of the Kumaon Lake District, Uttarakhand, India in the midst of an ancient cedar, oak,and pine forest covered estate Filled with old colonial furniture, cutlery, and knick-knacks, the house breathes the atmosphere of...
an artist's travelogue from the north east

an artist’s travelogue from the north east

Jim Holyoak is a Montréal-based artist and writer. His discipline is comprised of drawing-installations and book-works, exploring the bridges and boundaries between perception and fantasy, humans and other animals, deep time and the present, the biological and the monstrous. Holyoak’s drawings and ink-paintings range in size from postcards and zines...
bouldering in india : The Hampi Adventure

bouldering in india : The Hampi Adventure

Neha Kulkarni shared her Hampi triplog with us. She blogs at wondersandwanders - Read, Get Out! Climb Higher!! I had never been to the south of Maharashtra in my entire life. Travel always took me north and further north. Untill some time ago
Andaman : Island hopping and Under Sea Adventures

Andaman : Island hopping and Under Sea Adventures

I went for a much required Scuba diving holiday after 3 years to the Andaman Islands again. A lot has changed since 2010 when the only Indian airline which flew there was the national carrier and one flight by Kingfisher. Go Air got me to Port Blair in 5 hours...
salmon fishing in karnataka -cauvery fishing camp

salmon fishing in karnataka -cauvery fishing camp

Cauvery river, in Karnataka is situated at about 100 kms from Bangalore and is your best bet for some weekend game fishing. Mahseer, also known as the Indian Salmon, is the main game although there are several other types of fish The most responsible part of the Cauvery Fishing camp...
dibru saikhowa national park - assam

dibru saikhowa national park – assam

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is one of the Bio-Diversity hotspots in Assam. It mainly comprise of grassland, while a part of the park is wetland.
yuksom, west sikkim : homestay & around

yuksom, west sikkim : homestay & around

Yuksom, a beautiful little hamlet in west Sikkim, is where I concluded my 14-day Sikkim experience; when in fact as per my rough plans, we (my cousin and I) had two more destinations on the list before it was time to go back.
bhimbetka caves - 500k year old civilization

bhimbetka caves – 500k year old civilization

Shaded in a thicket of teak and sal, amidst rock-strewn cliffs, the Bhimbetka caves in Madhya Pradesh find enlistment as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There are enchanting rock paintings here that date back to the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods adorning these caves
holy surfing swamis - surf spots on indian coasts

holy surfing swamis – surf spots on indian coasts

Karnataka is home to a surfing school run by Swamis who .. well.. SURF! Situated in the coastal village of Mulki, South of Mangalore, the Ashram Surf Retreat offers you a comfortable stay and surf lessons
udwada - a slice of parsi history

udwada – a slice of parsi history

Not much has changed in sleepy town Udwada since the last 150 years. Large houses, once built around the holy fire temple, lie vacant and dilapidated. The typical Parsi homes with high ceilings, sloped roofs with ornamental skirting, and wide porches are over a century old, and are worth preserving...
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tour to ladakh - reader story*

tour to ladakh – reader story*

tripp.in reader, Sadaf Asif  sent us her Ladkh trippin log. Here is a pretty detailed account of her tour: This September we flew in to Leh from Delhi.  Just before the landing, we had a marvelous view of the snow clad Himalayas.  We felt like a bird flying on top of the snow capped mountains....
arasinamakki - homestay with a river

arasinamakki – homestay with a river

Stream of joy is a home-stay run by one of the most revered couple of Arasinamakki, inside their estate next to the river Kapila. Surrounded by beetlenut trees, rubber plants and lots of spices, its almost like staying in a private jungle. A small tributary of netravati flows just behind the homestay. Walk through the...
himalayan MTB challenge - india's toughest bicycling race

himalayan MTB challenge – india’s toughest bicycling race

Ride through uncharted interiors, hike through deep forests, soak in the sun and experience nature all around. Pedal your way through gut wrenching uphills, dangerous downhills, village back roads, beautiful meadows, thick vegetation, jeep tracks and savor real mountain biking as you live through 9 days of adventure racing covering 500 km/380 miles, 3250 mt...
olaulim goa - with my little pony!

olaulim goa – with my little pony!

A bend in the river. More like a creek. A solitary boat inspiring endless thought. Quiet waters holding conversations with blissful hornbills. A flourishing frangipani on the sprawling lawns. Rustic cottages inspiring a break from the humdrum. The allure to laze in the azure pool.
poovar island – floating cottages in the kerala backwaters

poovar island – floating cottages in the kerala backwaters

The perfect place to enjoy a sundowner. Needless to say, the floating cottages are furnished in style with warm wood finishes, ethnic colour tones, and yet modern and soothing to maximise your enjoyment.
3 Heritage Homestays in Goa worth checking out

3 Heritage Homestays in Goa worth checking out

One usually tends to stay close to the beach in Goa, may it be the various 5 star hotels or the hundreds of beach shacks and bamboo huts that have propped up in the recent past.  Of course there are a lot of so called “Portuguese era homes” where you can rent a room or...
india by rickshaw - the adventure for charity

india by rickshaw – the adventure for charity

Imagine the fastest, safest, earth-munching all-terrain vehicle in the world. Then imagine the opposite. Three wheels, half a horse power and more fun than any other vehicle on planet earth the humble Rickshaw is undoubtedly the ultimate long distance, off road machine, despite being designed for short distances on road. Now imagine trying to get...
indimotard - all inclusive motorbiking adventures - wanna get leh'd?

indimotard – all inclusive motorbiking adventures – wanna get leh’d?

Motorcyling holidays are becoming very popular and every tripper worth his/her soul needs to travel to the mecca of motorcycle adventure – Ladakh. There is no better way to do ladakh, period! While many use the cheaper alternative of showing up in Manali and renting beat up Royal Enfields to Leh, they are at a...
dalhousie retreat, himachal - luxury homestay

dalhousie retreat, himachal – luxury homestay

Another very popular “Colonial” holiday destination tripp.in would recommend is Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. The regular hotels remain crowded in the summer months, which one can skip and head up the hills to Bakrota which is nature and luxury redefined. Developed by the British in 1854 and named after Lord Dalhousie, the erstwhile Viceroy of...
great grandfather's home stay - coonoor

great grandfather’s home stay – coonoor

Tripp.in receives numerous contributions from India travel specialists, Backpackers, Luxury hotels, Home stay owners and fellow trippers. Diana Barucha emailed us about their 107 year old home stay. The Bharucha family,  proud inheritors of Themi Villa, in Coonoor – Nilgiris, decided to convert it into a home  stay and called it ‘Great Grand fathers Holiday...
caving adventures - meghalaya, north east india

caving adventures – meghalaya, north east india

A trip to the northeastern states of India is never complete without visiting Meghalaya (where the clouds live) which has some of the wettest parts of the world. Cherapunjee was once ranked highest with some bizzare average of 364 days of rains each year. Theres waterfalls, abundant natural beauty, mountains, clouds, rains, forests … and...
Vashisht, Himachal - escaping the indian summer

Vashisht, Himachal – escaping the indian summer

Kullu-Manali always said as one word by the Indian tourists is one of the favorite destination in Himachal Pradesh. Manali being more popular with the non-indian travellers is at most times overcrowded with a mix of both. About 3km north of Manali  on the slopes east of the Beas, Vashisht is the best and brightest...