Lhasa – One Day, Three Monasteries

Jokhang Monastery I am in Lhasa as the Tibetan starting point for my journey to the sacred lands of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, a rich experience which I will chronicle in an upcoming post. Meanwhile, our arrival here from Kathmandu, Nepal, brought with it a significant jump in altitude. Lhasa, the birthplace and former … Continue reading Lhasa – One Day, Three Monasteries

Mandalay, a Farewell to Magnificent Myanmar

November 9-11, 2015 In the predawn darkness, the small town streets are just barely starting to move... a few women are sweeping the dust off their doorsteps and several gas light burners from roadside stands are starting to light up the dirt curbs with little oranges glows. We are making our way to the jetty … Continue reading Mandalay, a Farewell to Magnificent Myanmar

Quintessential Burma – Beguiling Bagan, Myanmar

November 5-7, 2015 If there is one place that epitomizes the magical intertwining of exotic aesthetic, historically rich culture and some fantastically infused adventure, Bagan is it. This ancient land is home to approximately 2200 temples and pagodas, mostly built between the the 11th and 13th centuries, and you cannot go very far before another … Continue reading Quintessential Burma – Beguiling Bagan, Myanmar

Life on the Lake – Inle, Myanmar

October 5-6, 2015 It is dusk as we are making our way through the companion town of Nyaung Shwe on our way to Inle Lake, and once we are out of the bustling little town and on the perimeter lake road, darkness has set in, making it difficult to find our lodge, Inle Resort and … Continue reading Life on the Lake – Inle, Myanmar

Darjeeling, More than Tea – India

October 28-30, 2015 Getting to this antiquated hill station is no easy task. Having been in India for over 3 weeks now, I fully understand the traffic (total insanity) and the roads (completely unmaintained) but did not anticipate these two factors hosting a 2-way thoroughfare on a single-lane road going up the side of a … Continue reading Darjeeling, More than Tea – India

Vipassana Meditation Center – Nasik, India

October 7-18, 2015 Impermanence. Have be you ever really stopped to consider just how temporary every incarnation of life is? From the moment of our conception, we are an ever-evolving, never-resting cluster of cells... perpetually changing, growing, multiplying, degenerating and regenerating... not one cell ever staying the same. Day to day, the change is imperceptible, … Continue reading Vipassana Meditation Center – Nasik, India

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