The Taj Mahal

My final stop in India, and I knew I had to see her most iconic monument, the Taj Mahal. Thanks to the Shiva festival going on in the whole country, it wasn’t easy. The bus I took to get there stopped 10 km outside the city and would go no further. The traffic ahead was […]

Laxman Jhula/Rishikesh

Laxman Jhula, next to Rishikesh in Uttarakand. I happened to be there during a nationwide Shiva festival. There were droves of young men from neighboring villages and some from all corners of India crossing the bridge from Rishikesh to Laxman Jhula every minute. They all walked through the main street to a holy site a few […]

Kasol & Manikaran

    I meant for Kasol to be a jumpoff point to other neighboring villages that I wanted to see, but fate was to be otherwise. My first night in town, I ate some chicken that gave me the stomach flu. I spent the next three days sick as a dog, my body weak, and […]

Malana village

Not sure where I was going, I was on the bus on the way to Kasol in the Parvati Valley when I met two young ladies from Catalunya. They told me they were headed to a quiet, secluded town and I decided to head that way as well. To get there we shared a taxi to a […]

Vashisht, Manali

Another long, curvy bus ride and I arrived in Manali, from where I immediately took a rickshaw to Vashisht further up river. I chose a hotel high up with a great view of the green mountain on the other side of the river and the distant snow-caped mountains to the north. From my balcony I […]

Mcloed Ganj – Dharamshala

In Mcloed Ganj I found the spiritual vibe I had hoped to find in SE Asia. Home to the Dalai Lama and some 80,000 Tibetan refugees, this town at the base of the Himalayas is easily one of my favorite places I’ve been this trip. The green, steep mountains with the fog constantly rolling up […]

Delhi

Arriving in Delhi from Kolkata was just a continuation of the big city craziness. There were cars constantly honking, people shouting, and motorcycle mirrors grazing my arm as they whizzed by. Contrary to Kolkata, I did have a much easier time getting from the airport to the city via the metro express line. I knew […]

An Afternoon in Kolkata

I had an 11 hour layover in Kolkata until my connection to Delhi, and I definitely didn’t want to spend all that time in the airport. I looked for a locker to leave large backpack, which there was none, and ended up going around the city with all my belongings. I wanted to see two […]