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Buddhist India Adventure!

Dec 22, 2011  Two queers in love with each other and the world.
4.5 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Spirituality, people, history and nature! Three weeks of profound backpacking.

  • 1. New Delhi
    New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi

    a spinning thrashing collision of sensory experience. the faded facades of hotels. cattle roaming the streets, people, people everywhere. construction. alleyways. noises. we took a rickshaw to the bus station at dawn and witnessed heaps of sleepers along the main streets. the awe and mystery of a country impenetrable upon first gaze.

  • 2. Dharamsala
    Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh

    cool, foggy, green, moist. old and calm and beautiful. still as real as delhi, with its own brand of poverty, but a much different tempo from the capital. a pocket of community and peace in the mountains. monks. art. meditation. the praying citizenry walking steep cliffed narrow streets.

  • 3. 8 Auspicious Him View Hotel
    8 Auspicious Him View Hotel, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala

    lovely lovely hotel! gorgeous view, kind humble generous staff. got sick here, and felt safe. partner went off to a meditation retreat, and i stayed in and watched the clouds change forms in the mountain valleys. colorful, spacious rooms, with a balcony where you could watch shepherds and monks pass by. great location. many tourists stop here. would definitely return.

  • 4. Mumbai (Bombay)
    Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra

    old glamour. green, lush, opulent, you can feel the colonial history. beautiful architecture, huge well maintained museum. the view on the water is beautiful. much more relaxed the delhi, but still teeming with people and cars. crossroads of culture and time. went to see the ELEPHANTA CAVES - worth seeing. you'll have to jump to get on the ferry - the water can be a little rocky!

  • 5. Aurangabad
    Aurangabad, Maharashtra

    dusty and feels like in the middle of nowhere, but holds such amazing historical ancient treasures. stay here to access the awe-inspiring AJANTA and ELLORA CAVES. a must see on the life list.

  • 6. Lemon Tree Hotel, Aurangabad
    Lemon Tree Hotel, Aurangabad, Aurangabad, Maharashtra

    Check out the review - we had a great stay!

  • 7. Bodh Gaya
    Bodh Gaya, Bihar

    Off the beaten path. You have to be pretty spiritual to go to Bodh Gaya. No one really ventures here unless you're on a pilgrimage. A dusty, remote, hot town where the Buddha reached enlightenment. The Mahabodhi temple and the bodhi tree is a site of worship and prayer. The corny animated feature about the Buddha's history is tacky, but funny and enlightening. The trip here was fraught with unknown twists, turns, and secluded roads that were at times frightening, but ultimately the road less traveled is well worth the effort.

  • 8. Varanasi
    Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

    The Old Testament before the Old Testament existed. WOW. You'll never see a place like this anywhere else in the world. The Ganges river at sunrise is phenomenal and profound. People bathing and praying and laughing and swimming and doing laundry and cremating their dead in one body of water. Life and death in one place. Age old sadhus doing yoga in cracks in the walls. Magical and dusty alleyways, mazes and mazes of streets. Crowded and secluded all at once. You have to see this holy city.

  • 9. Taj Mahal
    Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

    After seeing the other sights, the Taj Mahal was pretty normal. It was worth it and a gorgeous sight. We were intoxicated and profoundly moved by the previous sights, so the Taj kind of paled in comparison. Not to say that you shouldn't go and see it! Everyone should go see it! But there are TONS of other things in India that one can go see too. We're not even done yet - the South of India is still to come!