Monthly Archives: October 2012

Good-Bye Bhutan

The sun is setting on my last day here in Bhutan.  I have just finished a 5 hour uphill hike to Bhutan’s famous Tiger’s Nest viewpoint and now I recover in my hotel room – with Bhutanese wine (blah!). The room I have been given has a fantastic view of an ancient Dzong (fortress) at…

“American Lady does Bhutan”

An English man inquiring about my visit to Bhutan today at lunch exclaimed, “Oh, so its like American lady does Bhutan!?”  Well, I guess so :).  Anyway, it was too cute not to use as my title. *** Bhutan is truly breathtaking; Majestic mountains, green terraced rice fields, powder blue rivers, colorful temples ,  grand…

The Land of Gross National Happiness – Bhutan

The Land of the Thunder Dragon and the Land of GNH (Gross National Happiness), this is the Kingdom of Bhutan. I have yet to learn how they actually measure the happiness of their people, but I can say that my happiness level rose exponentially when I walked off the plain into the fresh Himalayan air.  The weight…

Love Udaipur

Udaipur. The City of Lakes. The jewel of Rajastan.  Magical. Regal. Calm. If I was to describe my experience in India so far, I would say it has been a dream wrapped in a nightmare. Udaipur has been the best of the dream part.  The picturesque, mystical city where I have spent the last 5…

Elefantastic!

My driver, Sumo, who is taking me on the 8 hour trip from Jaipur to Udaipur just told me, “Guests are god.” This was his reason for not allowing me to pay the 85 rupi toll this morning as we got on the freeway. I will have to reimburse him later, but the act of…

Incredible India – Jaipur

I left my daily massages in Rishikesh for consistent hot water and eating meat. Yesterday I successfully arrived in Jaipur – the capital of Rajastan. . This place is bustling! I am finding  that the constant noise, chaos and sheer disorder of India’s big cities zaps my energy quick.  Essential to my sanity is plenty of downtown…

My Panchakarma Life in Rishikesh

Yay! I am starting to feel much more energized…I think the benefits of this panachakarma therapy is starting to kick in. Therefore I want to seize my new found energy to write about my typical day here in Rishikesh…here goes: While planning this trip to India, I consulted my Japanese girlfriend’s Indian husband, Das, to help me…

Aarti on Mother Ganga

The Panchakarma therapy(Ayurveda way of detoxification and rejuvenation) that I have been doing the last 3 days really has exhausted me…but more on all of that later cuz I am energized now after returning from a beautiful experience on the banks of  Mother Ganga (or Ganges). The 7 day therapy package here at Hemadri Ayurveda Centre in…

Taj Mahal and a Turtle

I have just arrived in Rishikesh.  I am 6 hours north west of New Delhi.  Here I will spend 7 days at an Aryuvedic treatment center. My accommodations are quite  modest..which means I had to hunt all over town for the one wifi connection.  But frankly, I am okay with that.  I probably don’t need Google for…