Tweets from Northern India

Yoga teacher Betty Roi makes an offering to the Ganges

Yoga teacher Betty Roi makes an offering to the Ganges

19 Feb
Touring Jaipur by rickshaw, wow. Never seen such densely pigmented colors
19 Feb
If we still paid for camera film, I would’ve just blown a month’s salary on the royal palace of Jaipur
19 Feb
Misheard a name and ended up at a lavish wedding at Jaipur’s most luxurious hotel. Elephants and camels included
20 Feb
After touring an ornate Mughal fort, the only logical next step is to shop for jewelry.
21 Feb
Boarding a 4am bus for an 8-hour ride back to Delhi. Next stop Varanasi
21 Feb
The henna tattoo that winds up my arm is getting darker, as promised. The artist drew it freehand in under two minutes
21 Feb
Traveling by SUV into town til the crowds get too thick for driving. It smells like ash even here at the airport
21 Feb
Rooftop yoga overlooking the Ganges with chanting from down below! Worked the kinks out after 14hrs of travel
22 Feb
I read an article on Varanasi called Extreme India. They weren’t kidding. Intense visual overload
22 Feb
Contrast of filth to purity via cremation, a more dramatic transformation here than sanitized hospitals
23 Feb
Holy man caught me from my blind side, smearing red ash in blessing. It cost me several rupees
23 Feb
The north seems so loud, dirty, poor after Kerala. They smile less. And yet I’m completely mesmerized.
23 Feb
Driving is constant game of chicken. Cars, mopeds, rickshaws, bikes, wooden carts and cows all vie to pass each other
23 Feb
Visiting Sarnath, birthplace of Buddhism, where the Buddha gave his first sermon
23 Feb
Yep, just me and the Buddhist monks, hanging out in the security line at Varanasi airport
24 Feb
Our final stop: Dharamsala, a mini Tibet at the base of the Himalayas. So thankful to breathe fresh, clean air again!
24 Feb
The landscape here is so majestic. The stream beds are lined with huge boulders that look otherworldly
24 Feb
The Dalai Lama sponsors an artisan village for Tibetan exiles to preserve Tibetan handicrafts: Norbulingka
25 Feb
It doesn’t feel like India here. We’ve switched from curries to ramen-type meals and salty Tibetan yak butter tea
25 Feb
Each story is so heartbreaking among the Tibetan people here. Watch http://freetibet2008.tv/2008/09/10/leaving-fear-behind-complete-film/
26 Feb
Chonor House: gorgeous hotel. Each room is unique, painted and decorated with amazing Tibetan artwork.
26 Feb
Jovial Ven Bagdro, a monk tortured by the Chinese for years, escaped + learned forgiveness from the Dalai Lama. He lights up the room
26 Feb
The Chinese had his mother call to urge him to stop speaking out, and that they gave her a TV. “The Dalai Lama gave me 3 TVs!”
28 Feb
Spent yesterday at the temple and the museum. Amazed by Tibetan resolve and compassion in the face of such hardship
28 Feb
Ok, so I also did some shopping. But preserving Tibetan handicrafts is a form of humanitarian aid, right?
28 Feb
The abundance of red-robed monks tickles me. Three monks in a Jeep; others sipping cappuccino with students, activists, tourists
28 Feb
Imagine an entire country committed to the peaceful principles of the Dalai Lama, Ghandhi, MLK; a free Tibet benefits every one of us
28 Feb
Just realized Chonor House is part of Norbulingka. Treat yourself by staying there and help a great cause
28 Feb
While you’re at it, consider exploring Himachal, this northern state of India. Gorgeous, quiet, off the beaten track
28 Feb
At the airport waving goodbye to the stunning Himalayas. Hard to believe I visited the Alps for the first time in Nov, and now this
28 Feb
Saying goodbye to 30 amazing women and men that have shared the 3-week India adventure. Thanks Des and Redback Travels. Love to all
28 Feb
Heading to a hotel for the night. Just this one taxi drive alone makes me grateful I’ve been with a group throughout
28 Feb
India hotels: wifi routers located in the club next door; switches that are often located far from the lights they control; mystery outlets
1 Mar
1 security line for ladies to every 3 for men. Why would women travel, anyway? Private room protects our modesty as they scan us with a wand
1 Mar
Sipping a salted caramel cappuccino from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Home feels closer already!
2 Mar
First things first: a long, hot shower. And I didn’t even need to worry about whether water got into my mouth.
4 Mar
Westernized and in makeup for first time since India, inspired by date night. Only remaining evidence is a patch of henna on upper arm
4 Mar
Last week a bike rickshaw in Varanasi, now a BMW on the autobahn. Just 2 of God’s infinite, incredible possibilities.

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