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  • Day10

    Kana Day Two

    March 27 in India ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    After a lovely breakfast, we set out on foot to the Jageshwar temple with our new friend and guide Mayank. It was a lovely 2 hour hike through the local villages and into a sacred forest before we came upon the temple. Mayank did a fantastic job pointing out important sites along the way and made sure that Christina didnt miss any of the local animals! Pujan decided to get him some cool blue shades to reward his excellent guiding skills.

    Outside of the Jageshwar temple, Pugan purchased us traditional offerings and we entered into the temple to receive a blessing and take in all of the history and culture. Our foreign status and unique hair color made us quite the celebrities - and we were asked continuously for pictures! Once through our driver picked us up and we drove back to the Kana house for a Burmese lunch (fantastic!!).

    We spent the afternoon playing Carrom, Scrabble, and learning new card games! We retired early to prepare for our early departure and long, long,....long drive to the local airport.
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    Pam Sodaski

    Love the pictures. Such an adventure

    4/6/22Reply
     
  • Day6

    Jwalabanj Walk Day 3

    March 23 in India ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today is a special day. Our guide Pujan has arranged for us to be blessed for long life in celebration of our birthdays. We were driven to a traditional Hindu temple where their senior priest (the same priest who did the naming ceremony) conducted a full blessing - this private ceremony spanned 2 hours and is really beyond words so we will just leave it to the pictures.

    Mom took the short ride home and I elected to take the hour hike back to the house. Upon arriving a fantastic lunch was served. Mom and I spent the afternoon reading & playing scrabble as a mountain storm rolled in. Our leisurely afternoon ended with drinks and yet again another fabulous dinner!
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    A very special birthday [Pam]

    4/6/22Reply
     
  • Day7

    Road to Leti

    March 24 in India ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We set out at 6:45 after a very light breakfast to embark on our trip to Leti. Suffice it to say that we spent 5 hours navigating hairpin turns, washed out “roads” with no guardrails, and crazy traffic. Mom was on edge remembering the last words Charles said to her… “please come back to me” and she was worried she might not make it. Christina clutched her pillow, closed her eyes, and willed herself to not be motion sick. We both survived to arrive at this truly magical place on the edge of the earth. Our cottage has floor to ceiling windows facing the snow capped Himalayas - what a perfect spot!Read more

    Michelle Shapiro

    🥴😱🤢

    4/4/22Reply

    Crazy ride [Pam]

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  • Day5

    Day two at Jwalabanj Village

    March 22 in India ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We awakened to an amazing Indian breakfast of stuffed bread with potatoes, eggs, granola and fruit. We then set off on a “gentle downhill stroll” to the local village. After about 45 min we first stumbled upon the elementary school where the kids were starting their exams. The village is spread out over the mountain and many kids walk up to an hour each way. It was then a short jaunt to the first neighborhood where we got to experience a naming ceremony. 11 days after a child is born the village (and surrounding villages) comes together to watch the head priest bless the child and family - the baby is then named. This is an all day affair but we were able to visit with the family and experience the start of their celebration.

    We continued on to see a sacred shrine. Legend has it that the Ganges used to flow through this village. A powerful priest who had his shrine along the river called out to his favorite cow to come back home - the cows name was also Ganges and the river thought the priest was ordering the river away to its original home which is where the Ganges now flows. Today there is a small stream that still feeds the village with plenty of fresh spring water.

    Another 30 minutes and we arrive at the next neighborhood. The people are so friendly and welcoming. One family offered us water and tea and then one of the girls offered to decorate my (Christina) hand in traditional style. This was an amazing experience but suffice to say I will not be getting a hand tattoo 🤣. Ama (Mom) was offered a chair out of respect.

    We continued on down a very steep path for another 30 minutes. At the road head our driver picked us up to take us up the road 10 minutes to a 10th century temple for lunch. Lunch was amazing!! After lunch we strolled around the temple exploring the nooks and crannies.

    We had the option to walk back but both elected to take the car back to the house. Later that evening we had another spectacular dinner and played scrabble until bedtime.
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  • Day11

    Travel Day to Delhi

    March 28 in India ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Today we left the peaceful and majestic Himalayan villages to head back to Delhi. Our journey consisted of 5 hours of driving through hairpin turns and crazy cities before taking a quick 45-minute charter flight! Upon landing in Delhi we quickly made our way to the JW Marriott where we ate a quick dinner and headed to bed early for our very early am flight to Sri Lanka.Read more

  • Day4

    Trains, Automobiles, and Feet!

    March 21 in India ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    Headed from New Delhi to the Almora region beginning our village walk! We have a 5 hour train ride, a 4 hour drive, and 2 hour walk until we arrive at our first village house.

    This was not an easy travel day...the train was fine and arrived on time - we then had a quick lunch and headed off on our drive. We have NEVER seen roads like this hairpin turn after hairpin turn with major washouts...Christina did not fare well and we had to make several emergency pitstops due to extreme motion sickness and a touch of food poisoning from the chicken & mayo sandwich.

    We arrived at our hiking spot 45 minutes past schedule and set out on a 90 minute hike. It started straight uphill and we continued until sunset when our guide Pujan got flashlights out so mom could pick her way through the now descending sandy rocky terrain with her hiking poles.

    We finally arrived at our destination where Mom was happy to discover a chilled glass of wine and beautiful village house...I was trying to keep it together still and not get sick - ultimately i just went to bed. Mom and Pujan enjoyed a delicious dinner!
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    Jeanne Thompson

    Glad to finally see your recent posts! Was starting to worry. Even checked in with Charles the other day. 😘

    3/29/22Reply
    Christina Schueneman

    Pictures for the other days are coming later this evening so check back :)

    3/29/22Reply
     
  • Day295

    Rishikesh, you are made for me!

    May 10, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Dieser Ort ist magisch. Ich habe es von der ersten Sekunde an gespürt und umso länger ich hier bin, umso mehr fühle ich mich hier verwurzelt.
    Rishikesh hat nach mir gerufen, also bleibe ich erstmal hier.

    Anders als klassisches Sightseeing, anders als wunderschöne Natur, entdecke ich nicht nur alles rund um Mother Ganga, ich erlebe all die versteckten Schichten in mir selbst.

    Ein Ort, der Spiritualität in jeder kleinen Ecke ausstrahlt und die schönsten Seelen zu sich ruft. Ich spüre ganz deutlich, dass ich hier bin um zu lernen, angeleitet durch wundervolle Menschen.

    Alles scheint hier möglich. Möchte ich ein Instrumemt lernen oder Bollywood dance, schamanische Tantrarituale erleben oder traditionelle Lieder beim Kirtan singen? Warum nicht einfach alles! 😊

    Ich strahle in jeder Farbe des Regenbogens und war nie so sehr eins mit mir selbst, noch nie so weiblich.

    Indien ist paradoxerweise pure Weiblichkeit. Mama India liebt wallende Röcke, klimpernden Schmuck. Gold, Glitzer, Tanz und Bewegung, lachen, umarmen, lieben!

    Ich habe die beste Ashtanga Yogastunde für den Morgen gefunden & bin umgeben von neuen Freunden und alten Seelen. Ich liebe ecstatic dance und das unglaubliche Essen hier!

    What more to say? I'm feeling pretty good right now 😊
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    Anja Kiendl

    Wie währe es wenn du noch ein paar Massagetechnicken lernen 🤔😊, dann hätte deine Familie auch was davon , wenn du uns besuchen 👏👍 kommst .

    5/11/18Reply
    Anja Kiendl

    Der Rock ist ein Traum

    5/11/18Reply
    Creating Memories

    Aber ich kann dpch schon fantastisch massieren 😉 ... aber ja, vielleicht ayurvedische Massage

    5/11/18Reply
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  • Day291

    Auf Indiens Straßen

    May 6, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    ist bekanntlich der Teufel los! Und wenn man sich dann noch an einem Sonntag entschließt einen Scooter auszuleihen, dann wird es besonders kuschelig 😎.

    Monika und ich sind losgefahren, um die Gegend rund um Rishikesh zu erkunden und wurden nach den ersten 5 km schon jäh gestoppt, weil unserem Gefährt der Lebenssaft ausgegangen ist. Es ist natürlich mehr als verständlich, wenn der Scooterverleih dafür sorgt, dass man die erste Tankstelle NICHT erreicht 😂.
    Aber dank der Hilfe eines Shopbesitzers in der Nähe, der mich mit einer leeren Wasserflasche zur nächsten Tanke gefahren hat, konnten wir unsere Reise schnell fortsetzen.

    Schnell, ist hier natürlich relativ. Die Straßen waren übervoll mit hupenden Autos und die Brücken voll von Selfie-schießenden Indern und heiligen Kühen. Da hieß es immer weiter durchwuseln und hoffen niergendwo anzustoßen.

    Die staubigen Straßen führten uns dann die Himalayas hoch und wir durften fantastische Ausblicke genießen. Das war die Mühe auf jeden Fall wert!
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    Anja Kiendl

    Das wäre mir zu ,🤔

    5/7/18Reply
    Anja Kiendl

    Voll

    5/7/18Reply
    Heerwart Schweers

    Halloooo. Nach Yoja jetzt Bauchtanz ? 😊😊😊😊😊

    5/7/18Reply
     
  • Day282

    Plitsch, platsch Gangesbad (No 2)

    April 27, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Das man sich aber auch ewig von den Sünden freiwaschen muss.... aber diesmal, in der noch sauberen Version des heiligen Flusses & bei 40°C, ist es sogar richtig angenehm.

    Natürlich muss ich hier in Indien und dann noch in einem Ashram, voll bekleidet abtauchen.Read more

    Stephanie Raab

    Man sieht da aber Skepsis in Deinem Blick 😊

    4/27/18Reply
    Creating Memories

    Das Wasser ist eiskalt 😅

    4/27/18Reply
    Stephanie Raab

    Oh 😅 dann wars Frost im Blick! Viel Spaß wünsche ich Dir weiterhin 😃 ich will auch in die Wärme... aber nicht unbedingt dort

    4/27/18Reply
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  • Day282

    Here comes the sun

    April 27, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Der verlassene "Beatles Ashram" in Rishikesh war einst das Zentrum für transzendental Meditation. 1968 kamen unter anderem die Beatles zum Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, um von ihm zu lernen und neue Inspirationen zu bekommen. Hören kann man genau diese Songs heute noch auf dem weißen Album oder Abbey Road.Read more

    Anja Kiendl

    Sehr cool ,da wär der Papa bestimmt auch gerne hingegangen 😊👍

    4/27/18Reply
    Heerwart Schweers

    Ich habe sofort "Here comme the Sun" gespielt !

    4/29/18Reply
    Creating Memories

    Sehr gut!

    4/29/18Reply
     

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State of Uttarakhand, Uttarakhand, उत्तराखंड

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