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 to dense paper-environments, tailored to...
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 flat from Mumbai. With Makemytrip,...
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...
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 or being declared as heritage...

holi – whats your favourite colour?

Celebrated all over india, although more festive in the north, Holi signifies colour. If you are visitng around the festival, you have to experience it to know it. March 1st 2010, Monday this year is the main day Holi, also known as Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and colored...

sun wine n rocknroll – the sulafest

Sula Vineyards is marking its tenth anniversary with SULAFEST 2010, a daylong celebration of music, food and wine at Sula’s own estate vineyards. From noon till midnight on February 20th, Sulafest partygoers can enjoy a carnival atmosphere of music, food, wine and fleamarket shopping in the chilled environs of the winery’s beautiful open-air, Greek-style amphitheater....

kala ghoda arts festival – mumbai

Kala Ghoda Festival is the most sought-after fair for the lovers of arts and crafts. This  festival is actually a mélange, where artists from the fields of music, dance, art, craft, theatre, film, etc present a vibrant cultural show.  Moreover, you can even know the history about different art forms, from masters of the art....

indian visa – new rules alert!

Foreign nationals arriving in India on long term multiple entry visas are required to register with the nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Officer within 14 days of arrival.  Overstayers will be fined and may be prosecuted or detained and later deported.  They may also need to appear in person at the Ministry of Home Affairs in...