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

Old Towns and Fire Rituals – Varanasi, India -Part 2

February 5, 2017 Old Town One of the best ways to see any city is to walk it, and my favorite way to go about that is to just set off on my own and wander, exploring off the beaten track and discovering hidden gems. Varanasi, however, is not the place for such initiative. Even … Continue reading Old Towns and Fire Rituals – Varanasi, India -Part 2

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

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 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