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  • Day257

    Leaving the heat below

    May 13 in India

    Cycling on nice side roads with little traffic through the countryside was beautiful - from time to time we could even see snow-covered mountains in the distance. That’s where we wanted to go to escape the heat, it was our strong motivation, at this time temperatures had already reached 45 degrees in Delhi. In the end, we were a bit surprised how fast we had climbed up to Dharamsala, respectively McLeod Ganj. Was it really our fitness level or just the heat lighting a fire under us?

    And people are somehow different since we are in Himachal, more friendly, more relaxed, more up for good conversations, not just staring at us like they did in the plains. Thus, we really enjoyed our first time camping in India, with visitors of course, but they were nice, curious and wanted to ride our bikes.

    Did we already mention that we can’t get enough of mangos, melons and bananas? Not a single day passes without buying a kilo of mangos, till our panniers burst, yummy :)
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  • Day309

    Back up high

    May 24 in India

    Die Berge & dann noch die majestätischen Himalayas sind ganz besonders für mich. Jetzt, wo ich in Dharamkot bereits auf 2000m Höhe bin und die Sonne vom Himmel strahlt, muss ich der Einladung wieder hoch hinaus zu wandern auch folgen.

    Gemeinsam mit Monica aus NYC bin ich zur Snowline (3.200m) aufgebrochen.

    Es war atemberaubend schön! Frische Luft, Stille und DIESER AUSBLICK! 💕

    Um 5 Uhr morgens klettern wir aus unserem kuscheligen Zelt und werden mit einem wunderschönen Sonnenaufgang belohnt. 2 Tage rustikal, bewegungsreich & dicht am Himmel.

    Frisch geduscht blicke ich zurück & lege für heute die Füße hoch ;)
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  • Day311

    Ich konnte mir nicht vorstellen einen Ort noch mehr zu mögen als Rishikesh, aber das Hippiedorf Dharamkot, mitten in den Himalayas, bietet mir nicht nur wegen seiner Lage und den autofreien Wegen mehr.

    Genau wie in Rishikesh gibt es hier viel Spiritualität und offene Herzmenschen. Darüber hinaus quillt der ganze Ort aber auch über von Kursen & Workshops. Und ist grad kein passender dabei, so kommt man bei einem Kaffee sicherlich mit jemandem ins Gespräch, der einem das ein oder andere beibringen kann.

    So lernte ich ein wenig Poi, Djembe Drum, Kundalini Yoga und Osho Meditation. Leider muss ich weiter ziehen, aber ich komme ganz sicher zurück!
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  • Day30


    June 1 in India

    Von Rishikesh geht es mit dem Nachtbus nach Dharamshala, das Tibet von Indien, das zu Hause des Dalai Lama.

    Angeblich soll es ein direkter Bus ohne Klimaanlage sein, aber wie immer in Indien ist es dann doch etwas anders. Wir werden nach fast 1 Stunde warten an der Bushaltestelle (bei über 40 Grad) in einen Jeep gezwängt und über irgendwelche Dörfer/Seitenstraßen in die nächste Stadt gefahren. Angeblich war irgendeine Straße gesperrt und es gab zu viel Verkehr. Damit man mich zu schnell fahren kann, gibt es in Indien gefühlt alle 50 bis 100 Meter Speed Bumps, kleine Hügel/Rillen in der Straße, über die man möglichst langsam fahren sollte (sonst würds in Indien wahrscheinlich deutlich mir Unfälle geben). Alle paar Meter schüttelt es einen im Bus also ordentlich durch...viel schlafen kann ich also nicht 🙄

    Ich weiß nicht, ob es am Schlafmangel liegt oder sonst was, ich fühl mich auf jeden Fall zum ersten Mal auf meiner Reise etwas krank, so als hätte mich mal eben ein LKW überrollt, aber immerhin noch kein Delhi Belly. Nachdem mein Bett aber echt bequem ist, fällt es mir auch nicht ganz so schwer eine Tag mal nichts zu machen und einfach zu schlafen.

    Neben den etwas angenehmeren Temperaturen ist wohl der Hauptgrund nach Dharamshala zu fahren, ist wohl der Dalai Lama. Hier her sind die meisten Tibeter nach der Verbannung aus Tibet geflohen.
    Es ist der erste Ort an dem es nur so von Touristen wimmelt (zumindest für die Größe des Ortes). Einer sieht nach dem größeren Aussteiger aus als der andere 🙄
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  • Day14

    Dharamshla 2

    October 10, 2017 in India

    Early morning to McLeodganj where the Dalai Lama's residence, the Namgyal Monastery is located together with the Norulinka Institute. Our group had a personal audience with him and photos in small groups. As always he was very insightful, engaging and funny. This is now the headquarters of the exiled Tibetan Government.

  • Day15

    Dharamshala 3

    October 11, 2017 in India

    Our latest departure so far, 8.45am, so a sleep in, yoga outdoors and a leisurely breakfast. Morning at Kangra Fort, largest in the Himalayas. Built 1500 BC. The fort's origins can be traced to the ancient Trigarta kingdom mentioned in the Mahabharata. Major damage in earthquake of 1905.

  • Day116

    Tushita, Dharamshala [10 Day Retreat]

    September 30, 2015 in India

    Among the things I have been doing that I never really expected I would do, a 10-day silent meditation retreat is the headliner. Tushita is a world-reknown centre of Buddhist education and has housed some of the most prominent of Buddhist philosophers and laypeople alike. I could ramble on about the logical foundation of the Buddhist's view of the human mind, but I'll spare you all. Never close your mind to learning a new philosophy, it may just be the one that works for you!Read more

  • Day100

    One Hundred Days (from Dharamsala)

    September 14, 2015 in India

    One Hundred Days of being sick, of being well, of being scammed, of being compassionately and selflessly helped, of being lost, and of being not found but slightly less lost. The amorphous Indian culture, constantly displaying and withdrawing into itself, provides flashes of brilliance and instills unequivocal disillusionment in its beholder. For transient moments one catches a hint, a slight trace, of its essense, only later to be led astray by the darker aspects of an, at times, fractious cultural heterogeneity. The Brahman, the Buddhist, the Catholic, and the Moslem meet at the confluence of the Ganges and the unidentifiable Indian spirit that defies geopolitical definition. Then, what is the Indian identity? Perhaps it is that constant and everpresent struggle to be both spiritually and economically virtuous against a myriad cultural backdrop that precludes unanimity of opinion and resists social reform. Or, perhaps the true Indian identity resides in that momentary state of intrigue and unity that precedes the inevitable confusion of values. The future of the nation surely involves religious revivals and secular struggles, but one thing is certain: its human form will continue to be fluid, unparalleled, constantly changing yet anchored in tradition, and purely, undeniably Indian -- whatever that presently signifies.Read more

  • Day117

    McLeod Ganj, India

    October 1, 2015 in India

    The highlight of my final night in McLeod was undoubtedly the public debate-training of junior monks at the Dalai Lama Temple. The ferocity with which they approach both religious and secular ethics and the tenacity of their mannerisms underscores the importance that logic and reason play in shaping Buddhist philosophy. It's methodology of attaining mental stability cannot be explained as anything but scientific and it continues to permeate western cognitive therapy. It's incredible to me that some of the most oppressed people in the world, the Tibetans, can fervently stay even-minded in the face of their conditions. Their belief system advocates understanding over condemnation, patience over jumping to unfounded conclusions, and compassion over division. I hope someday that history and philosophy classes will no longer focus merely on the musings of Plato and Descartes, but evolve to be a true history of the world and present the logical validity of its other hemisphere... The shrinking of judeo-christian faiths and the growth of the self-help-and-compassion-oriented Mahayana Buddhism is no surprise, and although I doubt I will ever formally declare myself a Buddhist, the value it holds will only strengthen with scientific and neuropsychological progress.Read more

  • Day98

    McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

    September 12, 2015 in India

    Just saw HH the Dalai Lama. He waved at me (and the rest of the small crowd at the Temple outside his home). 🎋🎉🎊

    The complex in which he lives for most of the year includes a temple and many meditation platforms. It was oddly modern yet necessarily simple, with local Tibetans, Buddhist pilgrims, and world travellers alike enjoying its warmth of spirit. I did not take many photos because of the sanctity and spiritual value vested in the complex and His Holiness.Read more

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