Sungazing, Fruits & Blues Ch.17

For the first time the weeks leading up to Christmas I had no expectations or attachment to the coming date. So on the 25th it didn’t seem to hold any particular interest or significance. Strangely it was this tiny gecko that reminded me it was Christmas as I stopped by the apartment after breakfast. So…

Jungles, Jangels & Landlords Ch.16

Time does not seem to work the same here as anywhere else. Arambol at this time of the season is by far the most high traffic traveller/backpacker hub I’ve been so far. Musicians, visual artists, fire spinners, jugglers, yogis and acrobats are swarming the area. Collaboration between artists is the foundation of the community here….

Mountains, Cities & Beaches Ch. 14

Rishikesh to Dehradun, Dehradun to Bait and from there a short trek up to a clearing filled with rocks, tents and hippies. I spent about a week amongst the ranks of the rainbow folks collecting firewood, cooking food, collecting water and otherwise trying to sort this ill organised group of jubilant, dreaded, tattooed hooligans. After…

Music, Chaurasi Kutia, Good Times Ch.13

The week following our return to Rishikesh flew by. It felt amazing having nowhere to go but the comforts of familiarity. I spent most of my time waking up late, eating, hitting beaches, lounging in cafes and hanging out at hostels. On Oct.27th there was a little party going on at Indian Culture Hostel. The…

Subhai Village to Tungnath and back down to Rishikesh Ch.12

The morning following our temple escapade we played a lot chess and ate a lot of food. That afternoon we reluctantly collected our belongings. When we were packed and the room was tidy we tried our best to express our gratitude to the family who had been housing and feeding us. We arrived at the…

Subhai Village to Bhavishya Badri Temple, Ch.11, Oct.16

We had a slow morning lounging outside overlooking the seemingly endless valleys. Noon came and went. Around 2:30 we collected ourselves and started the trek up, through the village along the well worn paths, to Bhavishya Badri Temple. Some of the oldest buildings in the village haven’t been lived for a time; becoming the home…

Tapovan to Subhai Village, Uttarakhand Ch.10 Oct.15

Following a slow wake up, and a bite to eat in Tapovan, we parked our bikes and started walking towards the trailhead. The trek was sweaty but stunning. As we entered the farming boundaries of the villages I started getting goosebumps. Colourful crops, beautiful stone work and hardworking people. We tumbled up the last stone…

Rishikesh to Mana, Uttarakhand Ch.9 Oct.13-14

We all woke up around 3:30-4:00. Nitin and two motorcycles were waiting for us as we turned a corner onto the main street a half hour later. With Quentin and I having no experience handling motorbikes we rode in the back. Justin had practised with Nitin for only a few hours before he took on…

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.8 Oct.12

After withdrawing some money, I met up with Q to go and spend some. We ate lunch and headed for the beach in late afternoon as the sun was setting. We arrived just as the sun had dipped below the mountains. Walking the beach has been making me all the more excited for soon to…

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Ch.8 Oct.12

After food, Quentin and I made the long walk to an ATM before we head out tomorrow for 8 days of trekking. Soon after we began we lost each other in the crowds of moving people. Along the way I paused a couple of times. After watching the horses (they might have been mules) I…