Jim Allegretti United States
September 2015. Yoga Travel Alliance website
India is an amazing place. It shows you both the good and the bad of an emerging country.The bad hits you right away, with the poverty, dirt, lack of hygiene and crowds, not to mention the worst drivers in the world. Then come the good. The people are incredible, they all seem to want to please you. The beauty is beyond beautiful in the mountains and countryside.Speaking of the mountains, I went on the trekking part of the trip.Had I actually known what it was really like to hike up mountain switchbacks and across streams and over boulders I may have thought twice. But having done it I would have never wanted to miss it.The trip and the people that were with me were fantastic. It ranks as one of my all-time favorite adventures.
sally M Australia
August 2015. Yoga Travel Alliance website
Its hard to call it a vacation.Thanks to the organizer, from Old Delhi to Rishikesh, our experience in this complicated land of a multitude of cultures, was a seamless adventure; an experience in immersion, both memorable and life changing.Riding in a bicycle rickshaw, we penetrated the streets of Old Delhi dusty, dirty, noisy, crowded, colorful, aromatic, bustling, and full of energy. We visited a Sikh temple and later, a Jain temple. We had tea with and bought spices from a world-renowned spice vendor. We watched, over lunch, as cooks formed naan from balls of dough and flattened them on the inside of a tandoori oven. And later, we passed brilliant displays of bridal clothing, and countless storefronts loaded with carpets, shawls, shoes, jewelry, and so much more.Rishikesh presented another quieter and more peaceful side to life in India. It is regarded as both spiritual and holy, the home of yoga and well-known ashrams such as Parmarth Niketon. From the personal kindness and excellent service of the family that owns the hotel we stayed at to the haunting grandeur of the Ganga Aarti held every evening on the ghats of the Ganges, we felt welcome, safe, at home. Here Panchakarma was our focus and we werent disappointed, though we also managed to visit the foothills of the Himalayas and the headwaters of the Ganges, take a river-rafting trip, visit neighboring towns for shopping and even hike to the old Beatles ashram, today taken over by the jungle.My husband and I have traveled with well-known travel agencies to Europe, South America, Australia, even Antarctica, but never before have had we left for home after only 2 weeks feeling as though we were leaving friends behind. Well go again.
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