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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rainforest retreat at mojo plantation - coorg eco lodge

rainforest retreat at mojo plantation – coorg eco lodge

The Rainforest Retreat, an award winning eco-lodge that practices sustainable tourism and emphasizes environmental awareness. It is located on a certified organic spice farm (Mojo Plantation) in one of the most natural and scenic parts of Kodagu district (10 km north-west of madikeri town). They cater to environmentally conscious travelers who want to experience a...
mcleod ganj - himalayan glimpses

mcleod ganj – himalayan glimpses

You either are on the “mountains” holiday like most travellers would call it or you probably have taken a stroll here after visitng the Dalai Lama at Dharamsala down the hill. Either ways, Mcleod ganj is a good stop for the india tripper. Brief History Named after David McLeod, McLeodganj and Dharamshala became renowned places...
madhya pradesh jungle lodge - reni pani

madhya pradesh jungle lodge – reni pani

The Reserve Barely talked about in tourist circles, nestled on the slopes of the Satpura Range of Hills in Central India, lies a rich expanse of a virtually un-scaled ecosystem called the Satpura National Park. The Park along with adjoining Bori and Panchmari Sanctuaries covers an area over 1500 sq kilometers of unparalleled bio-diversity. This...
homestay @ nilgiris - bison country

homestay @ nilgiris – bison country

Bison Country – Home Stay Located in the salubrious environs of Wellington, Coonoor, at 6500ft above MSL. the property is surrounded by Tea Garden’s and stretches of Reserve Forest which are within strolling distance. Though it is just 4 km. from Memorial-Wellington on the Kotagiri Road, near the famous Beulah Farm, the drive takes you...
the maharaja express - pamper your queen!

the maharaja express – pamper your queen!

Maharajas’ Express, a pan India super luxury train has begun its journey as it left Mumbai for New Delhi `Princely India Tour’ on March 6. The train is being operated by Royale Indian Rail Tours Ltd. (RIRTL), a joint venture between Cox and Kings (India) Ltd and Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The...
Premium Motorcycle Adventure - Ladakh

Premium Motorcycle Adventure – Ladakh

With terrifying mountain passes, ancient Buddhist monasteries and high-altitude deserts, the Manali-Leh highway to Ladakh is – or at least should be – the holy grail for any biker worth his engine oil. Winding Himalayan tarmac, punishing dirt roads, river crossings and thin air demand the best out of both biker and machine on this...

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...

riding solo – 1 man documentary with his 350 enfield

Riding Solo to the top of the world is a film about filmmaker Gaurav Jani’s solo motorcycle journey from Mumbai to one of the remotest places in the world, the Changthang Plateau in Ladakh, bordering China. As a one-man film unit, he astonishes you, filming the landscape he passes by and the people he interacts...

hampi – the lost kingdom – now found

A historic and magical place, Hampi is one of the most beautiful towns in Karnataka. Huge boulders are scattered across the land where ruins of the old Vijayanagar capital stand, poignant reminders of the passage of history. The archeological ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hampi has 2 sides to it.. One side of...

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....

paragliding in kamshet maharashtra

Just 2 hours from Mumbai, off the Pune expressway lies the sleepy town of Kamshet. Discovered about 10 to 15 years ago by adventure junkies, it has become a paragliders dream home. Just off the highway at Kamshet, is Tower Hill, an east facing site is visible from the highway and is drivable for most...

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....