The Little Monk: 20 Ways to Travel with Awareness

Monks practise detachment from material things and people. Simultaneously, they become part of a community of others journeying through a life of spiritual solitude towards enlightenment. Sound familiar? A backpacker also learns to let go. This does not have to equate to a ritual of shaved heads and meditative mantras while you silently pad the … More The Little Monk: 20 Ways to Travel with Awareness

Discovering Mountains and Motorbikes: Nubra Valley, Ladakh

“It will cost 2000 rupees” Waseem, tells us. The travel agent puts his hands together, leans over the desk and stares at us, droopy-eyed. We both look back at him desperately. “Maybe we could do 1500?” I say, hopefully. “Or 1300…!” Cat, chips in. Waseem is silent. A long, sighing breath puffs through his cheeks until he quickly … More Discovering Mountains and Motorbikes: Nubra Valley, Ladakh

The Path to Samādhi

Mornings at Sampoorna Yoga School begin at 6:30am learning chants (mantras), followed by half an hour of Pranayama and Meditation. Our teacher, Kesheva, leads these sessions and our afternoon philosophy classes. Initially, it is difficult to find the rhythm of the Mantras. We all shyly stutter after Kesheva, half-singing one beat behind his voice. Underneath each line … More The Path to Samādhi

Into the bazaar

Hot wind blows against my face like a hairdryer in a dusty sauna. Incessant honking and shouting are the general indicators, as tuk tuks, scooters and rickshaws, whine and creak their way though the traffic; a colourless game of Mario Cart. Driving from Delhi airport towards the backpacker heart of this impatient city, a red traffic … More Into the bazaar