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Traveling to Southern India

By February 20, 2012May 11th, 2024Travel

Southern India is a magical place, including Varanasi a sacred Hindu city on the Ganges, wildlife preserves with tigers and so much more.  Come share  my  journey.

After we left Agra we headed toward Varanasi. Varanasi is one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities.  Pilgrims come to the ghats lining the River Ganges here to wash away of life time of sins in  the sacred waters or to cremate their loved ones.  You could actually see the bodies burning. OMG.  Above are some of the ladies at dawn cleansing themselves in the River Ganges. 

There are many Sadhus  in Varanasi since it is such a holy place.  Here I am hanging out with one rather outrageous Sadhu.

While traveling to southern India we went to local markets. Here is a beautiful market with many ladies selling their vegetables.

This is me in Sarnath where Buddha came to preach his message of the middle way to nirvana after he achieved enlightenment at Bodhgaya and gave his famous first sermon here. It was magical and very peaceful.

This resort in the Kanha National Forest was very ecologically oriented, as is much of India now. I am really glad to see the changes beginning.  Here is the chef in his garden which was all organic.  He also grew many herbs including stevia.

They use solar power for some of the cooking.  Beans are cooking in this pressure cooker using solar power.  I love that.

We were so lucky to see a tiger when we were out in the forest.  She is beautiful.  The tigers are protected by the government, thank goodness.

This was a performance of traditional Keralan dance.  He depicted  a family and the Hindu monkey god Hanuman with singing, dancing with drumming.  The performer could move his face in so many directions I could hardly believe it.

Thank you for traveling with me to Southern India. I hope you get to go there sometime. It’s truly magical.

One Comment

  • Wow, this trip sounds so amazing, Ingrid. I would love to hear more about it when you return. I think by now you’re probably back home and filled with magical memories of your trip there. I know my daughter yearns to go back! xoxo

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