The Temples – Kathmandu, Nepal 2019

Swayambhunath Stupa Located high atop a hill overlooking the vast expanse of Kathmandu, is Swayambhunath. Although I visited this place years ago, Swayambhunath Stupa, aka The Monkey Temple, is so visually engaging that it warranted another visit. I'm not sure if it's just that tourism here is up (although it's technically off-season) or if it's … Continue reading The Temples – Kathmandu, Nepal 2019

Twilight and the Artistic Divine – Isha Yoga Center, India

April 3-8, 2018 There are moments when you just know you’ve landed some place magical, and I am at precisely such a place. I arrive here having traveled the lush forested land through what my driver tells me is an unusually powerful thunderstorm, and I believe that natural intensity was a foreshadowing of things to … Continue reading Twilight and the Artistic Divine – Isha Yoga Center, India

The Most Famous Ashram – Rishikesh, India

A trip to Rishikesh is not complete without a visit to the Ashram of Yogi Maharishi Mahesh, also known as the "Beatles Ashram." The old, long-abandoned ashram was made famous after the Beatles stayed there in the late 60's... a visit that ushered them into an era of prolific songwriting as a result of their … Continue reading The Most Famous Ashram – Rishikesh, India

You Had Me at Hello – Yangon, Myanmar

October 31 - November 2, 2015 First let me just say, after a month alone in India, I'm terribly happy to have some company for the next three weeks. Lochan and I meet at the Bangkok airport and take the quick flight into Yangon together, and driving out of the Yangon airport and into the … Continue reading You Had Me at Hello – Yangon, Myanmar

The One, The Only…

The incomparable Taj Mahal. Most of these photos are the stereotypical shots everyone takes, and that is unavoidable... but I assure you there is not a single thing about this iconic structure that is typical. Forget all the facts and figures about how long it took to build the Taj Mahal, the number of people … Continue reading The One, The Only…

The Ajanta Caves

Tues, Oct 6 After such a wondrous experience at Ellora I wondered if the wow factor at Ajanta might be a little less so in comparison, but that was nowhere near the case. Gigantic monasteries hand-carved into a mountainside could never be anything less than breath-taking. The setting at Ajanta is, in many ways, more … Continue reading The Ajanta Caves

Exquisite Ellora

Monday, Oct 5 Today, India redeemed itself to me in the form of the Ellora Caves. If I had to leave today, I would do so knowing I had the privilege of walking back through history and glimpsing something magical... and that is a very special gift indeed. Nothing can really prepare you for things … Continue reading Exquisite Ellora