India

My 5 Favorite Travel Destinations…So Far

One of the most ubiquitous questions I get when people learn of my travel bug is, “So what has been your favorite place to visit?” Internally this questions usually makes me all queasy and stressed.  The thought, “How dare they ask me to name just one!” creeps into my mind and then I typically expel a…

2012 – The Highs!…and a few Lows

Let’s agree that my little hometown of 4027 inhabitants doesn’t lend to much adventure for this “one girl.” Perhaps if I was more into traipsing through forested mountain sides to track mountain lions, braving ice-covered lakes to find the perfect ice fishing spot or even drinking beer I would have had more inspiration for blog musings this…

Slum Walk – Delhi

I am back in Paris. I have been home 5 days, yet my ears are still ringing from the street noise of Delhi.  Some adventures take longer than others to get over. The morning of  my last day in Delhi, I threw aside the suggested itinerary of my well-intentioned and lovely B&B owner.  I definitely…

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…