RISHIKESH, India // We arrived in Dehradun and made our way to the Tapovan area of Rishikesh. From here we checked into Maa Yoga ashram for a week long retreat focusing on meditation, pranayamma, and yoga. What first seemed a bit unorganized turned into a great experience for us meeting and interacting with people from all over the world who we really got a chance to learn from. A woman from Japan seeking Ayurvedic treatment, a family from southern india, a long term backpacker from Venezuela and his girlfriend from Sweden, an American couple traveling from their home in Mumbai, and an Australian couple looking to improve their yoga were all familiar faces by the end of the week. We had great in depth conversations with these people and spent a full day practicing doing 3 hours of yoga and 3 hours of pranayama daily.
Once we completed the ashram stay we took one of the longest car rides of our lives through Himachal Pradesh. The ride took about 14 hours and each place we stopped for a chai in the middle of nowhere the people wanted to meet us. What seemed like a short ride on a map was up and down mountains and through winding roads. We checked into Chonor House at the Norbulingka Institute where we spent our last week in India volunteering teach English to a group of Tibetan refugees at the Lha program in McLeodganj. Hearing their stories were fascinating and we played games like describe a photo from your phone in English to the group.
Next // We fly to Kathmandu to prep for our 2 week trek of the Annapurna Circuit