Fontainhas Sketch Walk

Sketching activity in Panjim hit a new high on 1st December 2017 as the Urban Sketchers, a dedicated sketching group from Pune walked around Fontainhas Heritage area and spent hours making spectacular sketches of all things heritage. The Sketch walk event organized by Make It Happen, an organization that curates immersive travel experiences by engaging with local communities.

After successfully introducing a sketch crawl event in Bangalore, Make It Happen was delighted to connect with the Urban Sketchers, who were looking for a tailor designed experience around sketching in Goa.

Sketching can be an eye opener as you notice the architectural designs and minute details of the buildings which we’ve seen almost all our life. Each person has their own perspective about the same element and these elements can be made memorable by sketching. Photography helps us capture moments but sketching gets us connected to the places.

The rich aesthetics amazed all the participants and the details made in all the sketches etched a whole new essence about Goa in their memories. Amongst all the hustle in the world today, there are a very few people who still want to keep their hobbies and passions alive and we got a whole bunch of them.

Here is what Sanjeev Joshi, founder of Urban Sketchers group had to say during the event, “The basic manifesto of Urban Sketchers is that you to draw at the location to get the feel of the place while you sketch. The atmosphere, the people, the smell and this being the older part of Goa I can smell fish in the houses, cakes in the bakery, all that will go in my memory as a sketch”

Another participant shared his experience at a renowned Goan musician’s house, “We went to his house, and he sang for us, I sketched him, he is a fantastic guy and he talked about Goan culture and heritage. You require time to absorb the space, and interact with people. I really liked the way the event is organized”.

 

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Christmas Evening in Fontainhas

Christmas in Goa is always special. But what is even more special is the evening feast in Fontainhas celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Nativity. This celebration is exclusive to Fontainhas and is not observed elsewhere in Goa.

In 1938, a statue of mother Mary was found in Fontainhas and was considered very auspicious. With that day began the celebrations on the evening of December 25th. The feast is celebrated by the Fontainhas ward with Carol singing, litany, live brass band, food and drinks and all feast arrangements are made by the local community.

Being an organization that curates immersive travel experiences by engaging with local communities, Make It Happen sought to curate an experience around an exclusive feast on a Christmas evening. We had a gathering of interested guests at the Panjim, General Post Office on the Christmas evening. The evening was kick-started through an introduction about Fontainhas and Panjim by Anthony Gaskell. The guests were then taken for walk that had pits stops at important sites of heritage and architecture.

After a walk into Fontainhas, the guests were led to a grotto behind a well close to the St. Sebastian chapel. Chairs and tables were laid out and the place was stunningly decorated in color and light. The brass band set the tone for the evening as arrangements were in progress for carol singing and litany.

The carol singing had trumpet and violin accompaniments, which is reminiscent of the good old days of Goa. After the prayers, it was time to sit back and enjoy drinks and food with friends, neighbors and folks that form the true essence of heritage in Fontainhas.

An evening like this could give a very different perspective of Christmas celebration in India and our aim was to have guests from around the world experience a very exclusive evening filled with heritage, nostalgia and festive mood that Christmas brings along.

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Argentine Tango Social

 

Travel Socials were set in motion in Goa by Make It Happen through the introduction of Angentine Tango Dance social experience, on the 11th of December 2017 at the Aura Luxury Retreat in Mandrem.

 

With Argentine Tango, we wanted to showcase the Latin influence in Goa and what better way than to immerse yourself in an art form that is engaging and interactive. The event was ably led by Maxie Miranda, a Goa based internationally renowned guitarist, singer, and dancer who specializes in Tango Argentino, a dance form that gained prominence in the 19th century.

 

Focus of the event was to get all guests to participate by dancing in pairs. Maxie began with a brief introduction about Argentine Tango by explaining it’s origins and demonstrating the basics like movement and posture. As the guests warmed up to some dancing, we were smoothly introduced to sequential moves that we had to practice with our dance partners. The evening only got more and more engaging as Maxie slid minor improvisations and got the whole gathering to dance on the floor.

Our objective in having an evening like this is to have individuals and travelers from different cultures interact and share their perspectives. We are glad to have a successful event as the evening was one to remember while we drove back home after learning a bit of dance and meeting wonderful people.

 

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Saligao Village Walk


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Saligao Village Walk

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A walking tour through Saligao, one of the more prosperous villages in Goa that reflects the style of the renowned artists of Goa.

Starting Point : Mae De Deus Church, Saligao

Duration : 3 hours

Fixed Departure : 4:30 pm on Fri and Sat
Cost : INR 500 per person

Private : Daily 4:30 pm
Cost : INR 500- 2000 (Depending on group size)

Type : Heritage, Culture, Architecture,

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A walk through the splendor of Saligao village

A walk through Saligao, one of the more prosperous villages of Goa, owing to the business acumen of its early settlers. The architectural aesthetics of Saligao today reflect the creative style of some of the renowned artists of Goa who have chosen to live a splendid village lifestyle.

Hightlights
– A guided tour by a friendly local guide
– Visit Goa’s only Gothic style church.
– Walk through the wards of Saligao village flanked by rice fields.
– Explore contemporary Goan art and architecture.
– Get a chance to meet some of the artists at their homes.

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What to expect:
The walk begins with the introduction of Mae De Deus Church and a briefing about the early settlers of the region.
Proceed to walk into the village wards through the trails flanked by beautiful rice fields. Visit a house that showcases Portuguese style architecture and interiors and also meet some the artists at their homes.

Fixed Departure: 4:30 pm on Fri, Sat

Cost: INR 500 per person

Private: Daily at 4:30 pm

Cost: INR 500- 2000 per person (Depending on group size)

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Closest Airport: Dabolim Airport.
Closest Railway Station: Thivim Train Station which is 20 km away from Saligao.
Bus : In Panjim where major state transport corporation buses operate. In Goa you will find the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) which originates from Goa, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), from Maharashtra, and the Karnataka State Road Transport from Karnataka. All the state transport buses, usually begin and terminate at the Kadamba bus stand in Panjim.

Inclusions:
– Local English-speaking guide
– Entry to Heritage homes
– Meeting with well renowned Goan artists

Exclusions
– Hotel pickup and drop-off
– Additional food and drinks
– Souvenirs and items of a personal nature

Social Impact:
– This Tour is organized by Make it Happen, Travel Designers a tour operation company committed towards curating and developing cultural and community based tours.
– Make It Happen has collaborated with Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG), an NGO committed toward preserving the natural and built heritage of Goa. Part proceeds of this tour are donated to GHAG. GHAG supports in providing content and training to guides for this tour.
– By showcasing local artists and craftsmen we aim to preserve these dying arts forms. We will take you to a few recommended stores where you can buy local products. Shopping at these stores helps inject money into the local economy.

Traveler Tips:
– Please do not tip our guides (in case you wish to make an additional donation to Goa Heritage Action Group, you can speak to the guide)
– Please follow instruction and safety guideline of our guides during the tour.
– Be aware of people’s sensitivity to being photographed. Please ask first. Please take permission of the host before photographing inside the houses we visit.
– We are committed to a healthier planet. We recommend to carry reusable water bottles and avoid the use of disposable plastic bottles.

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Saligao Village Walk


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Saligao Village Walk

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A walking tour through Saligao, one of the more prosperous villages in Goa that reflects the style of the renowned artists of Goa.

Starting Point : Mae De Deus Church, Saligao

Duration : 3 hours

Fixed Departure : 4:30 pm on Fri and Sat
Cost : INR 500 per person

Private : Daily 4:30 pm
Cost : INR 500- 2000 (Depending on group size)

Type : Heritage, Culture, Architecture,

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A walk through the splendor of Saligao village

A walk through Saligao, one of the more prosperous villages of Goa, owing to the business acumen of its early settlers. The architectural aesthetics of Saligao today reflect the creative style of some of the renowned artists of Goa who have chosen to live a splendid village lifestyle.

Hightlights
– A guided tour by a friendly local guide
– Visit Goa’s only Gothic style church.
– Walk through the wards of Saligao village flanked by rice fields.
– Explore contemporary Goan art and architecture.
– Get a chance to meet some of the artists at their homes.

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What to expect:
The walk begins with the introduction of Mae De Deus Church and a briefing about the early settlers of the region.
Proceed to walk into the village wards through the trails flanked by beautiful rice fields. Visit a house that showcases Portuguese style architecture and interiors and also meet some the artists at their homes.

Fixed Departure: 4:30 pm on Fri, Sat

Cost: INR 500 per person

Private: Daily at 4:30 pm

Cost: INR 500- 2000 per person (Depending on group size)

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Closest Airport: Dabolim Airport.
Closest Railway Station: Thivim Train Station which is 20 km away from Saligao.
Bus : In Panjim where major state transport corporation buses operate. In Goa you will find the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) which originates from Goa, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), from Maharashtra, and the Karnataka State Road Transport from Karnataka. All the state transport buses, usually begin and terminate at the Kadamba bus stand in Panjim.

Inclusions:
– Local English-speaking guide
– Entry to Heritage homes
– Meeting with well renowned Goan artists

Exclusions
– Hotel pickup and drop-off
– Additional food and drinks
– Souvenirs and items of a personal nature

Social Impact:
– This Tour is organized by Make it Happen, Travel Designers a tour operation company committed towards curating and developing cultural and community based tours.
– Make It Happen has collaborated with Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG), an NGO committed toward preserving the natural and built heritage of Goa. Part proceeds of this tour are donated to GHAG. GHAG supports in providing content and training to guides for this tour.
– By showcasing local artists and craftsmen we aim to preserve these dying arts forms. We will take you to a few recommended stores where you can buy local products. Shopping at these stores helps inject money into the local economy.

Traveler Tips:
– Please do not tip our guides (in case you wish to make an additional donation to Goa Heritage Action Group, you can speak to the guide)
– Please follow instruction and safety guideline of our guides during the tour.
– Be aware of people’s sensitivity to being photographed. Please ask first. Please take permission of the host before photographing inside the houses we visit.
– We are committed to a healthier planet. We recommend to carry reusable water bottles and avoid the use of disposable plastic bottles.

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Tibetan Settlements in India

Buddhism is a religion that encompasses many beliefs and traditions. It is really hard to make out a difference between Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism as the Tibetan sect is a part of it. Tibetan Buddhism, which can also be called as Lamaism is the Buddhist sect that is mainly found in Tibet. They believe in the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. Mahayana, Foundational Vehicle, and Vajrayna are the three vehicles that Tibetan Buddhism is founded upon.

Sham Valley trek - Buddha statue

 

Tibetan people’s origin is that they are the descendants of the human Pha Trelgen Changchup Sempa and rock ogress Ma Drag Sinmo. It is thought that most of the Tibeto-Burman-speakers in Southwest China, including the Tibetans, are direct descendants from the ancient Qiang.

 

 

 

Tibet is rich in culture. Tibetan art is deeply religious in nature, a form of sacred art. It spreads over a wide range of paintings, frescos, statues, ritual objects, coins, ornaments and furniture.

  • Tantric influence Most of the typical Tibetan Buddhist art can be seen as part of the practice of tantra. A surprising aspect of Tantric Buddhism is the common representation of wrathful deities, often depicted with angry faces, circles of flame, or with the skulls of the dead. These images represent the Protectors and their fearsome bearing belies their true compassionate nature.
  • Bön influence The indigenous shamanistic religion of the Himalayas is known as Bön. Bon contributes a pantheon of local tutelary deities to Tibetan art. In Tibetan temples (known as lhakhang), statues of the Buddha or Padmasambhava are often paired with statues of the tutelary deity of the district who often appears angry or dark.
  • Tibetan rug making is an ancient art and craft in the tradition of Tibetan people. These rugs are primarily made from Tibetan highland sheep’s virgin wool. The Tibetan uses rugs for almost any domestic use from flooring to wall hanging to horse saddles. Traditionally the best rugs are from Gyantse, a city which is known for its rugs. Tibetan rugs are big business in not only Tibet, but also Nepal, where Tibetan immigrants brought with them their knowledge of rug making.

There is a rich ancient tradition of lay Tibetan literature which includes epics, poetry, short stories, dance scripts and mime, plays and so on which has expanded into a huge body of work – some of which has been translated into Western languages. Tibetan literature has a historical span of over 1300 years. Perhaps the best known category of Tibetan literature outside of Tibet are the epic stories – particularly the famous Gesar epic.

Tibetan art is deeply religious in nature, from the exquisitely detailed statues found in Gonpas to wooden carvings and the intricate designs of the Thangka paintings. Thangka paintings, a syncretism of Indian scroll-painting with Nepalese and Kashmiri painting, appeared in Tibet around the 8th century. Rectangular and painted on cotton or linen, they usually depict traditional motifs including religious, astrological, and theological subjects, and sometimes a mandala.

Following in the footsteps of the 14th Dalai Lama more than 150,000 Tibetan refugees have fled to India during the past 50 years. He left with his initial entourage following the abortive 1959 Tibetan uprising. He was followed by about 80,000 Tibetan refugees.

 

In 1960, the Government of Mysore (as Karnataka was called at that time) allotted nearly 3,000 acres (12 km2) of land at Bylakuppe in Mysore district in Karnataka and the first ever Tibetan exile settlement, Lugsung Samdupling came into existence in 1961. A few years later another settlement, Tibetan Dickey Larsoe, also called TDL, was established. This was followed by the establishment of three more settlements in Karnataka state making it the state with the largest Tibetan refugee population. Rabgayling settlement was created in Gurupura village near Hunsur, Dhondenling was established at Oderapalya near Kollegal and Doeguling settlement came into being at Mundgod in Uttara Kannada district, all in Karnataka. The Bir Tibetan Colony was established in Bir, Himachal Pradesh.

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Eternal beauty of Khonoma

Khonoma village in Nagaland, is estimated to be 500 years old. The land was infested by an aromatic plant locally known as Khwuno. Khonoma’s fame chiefly comes through its standing as a warrior village and gallantry in warfare. The village is inhabited by about 3,400 people with about 580 households. By nature they are hospitable and loving which thereby make them friendly and sociable towards any visitor.

 

Khonoma Village is gifted with a very rich bio-diversity and natural resources. Over 400 species of local tress have been identified through local experts in this tropical rain forest. The forest is also an ideal place for trekking, enjoying nature and doing research work as it is very rich in birds, reptiles, amphibians, orchids and many rare species of flora and fauna.

Villlage Khonoma has seven traditional gates. These are also related to many taboos and beliefs while at the same time holds high esteem, respect and admiration. All gates are carved depicting various pictures like – full moon, spears, hornbill feathers etc.

Terhunyi- This festival falls in December. This festival is a celebration of thanksgiving for a rich harvest and is celebrated for 10 days. The festival is also an occasion for the youth to display their strength and skills in various sports like wrestling. Each day has its own unique events and grand celebration.

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Places of interest:

  • Khonoma Dzukou- Dzukou literally means ‘cool water’. This beautiful valley of eternal charm lies at the south-west of Khonoma village. Ideal place for trekkers and nature lovers in July-August.
  • Terhuotsiese – It literallymeans the place where the stone was erected by spirit. This area serves an ideal place for picnickers. Facing the main sitting square stands a peculiar stone in the shape of an owl.
  • Thelukhriezie and Khonoma war memorial – This sloppy mountain that stretches down to touch the villages at its base was said to have magical charm. Today, a tower is erected at the top of this hill to commemorate warriors.
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A Heritage View of Goa

  • Divar :

The island of Divar is famous for Bonderam, the festival held on the river island on the 4th Saturday on the month of august. Bonderam means the festival of flags, its high point is a mock battle to commemorate the property wars that took place here over a century ago. Its landmark is its Indo-Portuguese architecture.

  • Safa masjid, Ponda:

This mosque was built by Ibrahim Adil Shah of Bijapur.Adjacent to the mosque is a well constructed masonary tank with small dressing chambers with Mihrab designs.

  • Buddhist Caves, Rivona :

Often called pandava caves, these are actually the few vestiges of Goa’s past Buddhist presence when monks would seek sancity from their austere lives as wandering mendicants and camp in caves for the monsoons. There is an underground cave with a small well too.

  • Petroglyphs at pansaimol, usgalimal, vichundrem, sanguem:

This beautiful site on the bank of the Kushavati river is perhaps one of the earliest expressions of art and culture in Goa. Rock carvings found here are believed to depict symbols of the fertility cult and religious cosmology.

  • Cotigao wildlife sanctuary:

Kuskem waterfalls may be seen in the Cotigao wildlife sanctuary in canacona taluka. You can also see the ruins of ancient temples in this tiny village of Kuskem.

  • Shri Parshuram temple, Painguinim, canacona:

This temple is dedicated to the legendary Vaishnavite deity of Goa. It displays rare endangered Kaavi art.

  • Cabo da Rama, Canaona :

Built by the soundekar kings towards the end of the 16th century, this magnificent monument has a moat, a fantastic view of the and two freshwater tanks. The ramps were meant for elephants and horses. This was locally called Ramachem Bhushir. Later taken over by the Portuguese in 1764, its name was changed to Cabo da Rama.

  • Santana church, Talaulim:

One of the five models after which all the churches and chapels followed suit, this one perhaps is the most fascinating church of all.

  • Mapusa Friday market:

For absolutely fascinating bargains and a slice-of-life in Goa in terms of local produce, visit Mapusa market place on Fridays where you will see dried fish that Goans supplement their diet with during the fishless days of the monsoon.

  • Heritage villages of Goa:

This is a coined term for villages with a fine stock of heritage houses, churches, temples and street furniture. Visit these villages to experience the continuity of Goa’s social and culturl history.

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Must-try food in Karnataka

Having a bad day? Is your mood off? There is something that can definitely cheer you up! Any guesses to what it would be? Its Food! Indian cuisine is loved by almost everybody all over the world. And talking about Indian cuisine, how could anybody not get excited on hearing “Dosa” and “Idli”!

Among the south Indian cuisine, the food of Karnataka is very diverse. This cuisine is a treat for all vegetarians as Karnataka has higher percentage of vegetarians than other south Indian states. Hold on, not a disappointment for the non-vegetarians. The seafood in the coastal region has the most lip-smacking spices and flavors. As karnataka’s cultural history takes us back through centuries, Karnataka;s food too has a rich and amazing history. Lets go back to learn more about the origin of the most loved and enjoyed dishes of Karnataka.

Neer dosa

Neer Dosa Image source : www.masalakorb.com

 

Neer dosa literally means water dosa and is true to its name as its ingrediants are only rice flour and salt. Neer dosa is a crepe and is popular for its easy preparation. This is enjoyed all over Karnataka but loved a lot in the region of Udupi. Neer Dosa tastes best with a spicy curry.

Where to find : Vasudev Adigas, Mangalore Pearl, Mtr are among the best places for a neer dosa in Bangalore.

 

 

 

Kane Rava fry

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Kane rava fry is a dish of fish marinated with spices and covered with semolina (rava ). Kane rava fry is most loved in the coastal region, originating in mangalore. The burst of flavors and spices is a delight and a must try for all sea food lovers.

Where to find : The ocea restaurant, malgudi, hotel regency park.

 

 

Bisi bele bath

Bisibelebath image source : www.kannammacooks.com

 

Bisi bele bath literally means hot lentil rice. It is a traditional dish and has a elaborate preparation with the use of spices, vegetables and lentils. This dish is also another gift of the Udupi cuisine but can be found all over Karnataka. It tastes the best when served hot with papad, boondi  or chips.

 

 

 

 

Kundapura Koli saaru

Kundapura Koli Saaru image source : www.ijustwanttoeat.com

 

Originating from the coastal region, Kundapura chicken curry is packed with spices. It is a rich chicken dish with an abundance of flavors and a must try for all meat as well as spice lovers.

Where to find : Kundapura Express, Natti manae.

 

 

 

 

Chiroti

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Chiroti Image source : www.sailusfood.com

 

Chiroti is a sweet famous from Karnataka and is a treat to the taste buds with its simple yet mouthwatering flavor. It’s a simple dish to prepare and is most enjoyed during festivals.

Where to find : Halli thindi, Matru sagar.

 

 

 

 

Ragi Mudde

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Ragi mudde is a traditional dish of Karnataka, most popular in the rural region. A healthy dish made with  only two ingredients – ragi flour and water. Ragi mudde – bassaru is a popular combination. Bassaru is made from decanted water. There are variations in Bassaru and each one has it’s own unique taste along with ragi mudde. It is almost a daily food of the farming community. Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister of India popularised Ragi mudde by having it prepared and shipped from Karnataka to Delhi.

Where to find : Kritunga Restaurant, Ragi Mudde Mess.

 

 

 

Blog by : Umaima Khan

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