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Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh February 14th 2006

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! It is getting to be spring at the ashram! It's good for me that it's getting warmer because there's no heat in the buildings. I was very cold at night for the first few days. And there are flowers blooming in the gardens. There are may species of flowers and trees here, some that are like ones we have in Maryland and some that are not. One of the most interesting trees here is the Banyan tree. Banyan trees grow all over India. They are a species of fig tree but they are quite unique. Banyan tree's roots grow down towards the ground. They can grow down from the branches themselves so an old Banyan tree looks like it has many trunks. Just one tree can look like a small forest. The ... read more
Another Banyan
Tree of Life Mosaic

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh February 7th 2006

Where I am in the north of India there are tons of animals that we don't have in Maryland. Among other things there are tigers, leopards, wild boar and elephants. Elephants in India are smaller than their African cousins and they have smaller ears. Some of them are working animals and are ridden on treks. Elephants were used to defend India from Foreign invasion as late as World War II. Tigers live all over India but up here the mountains is excellent territory for them because there is cover from where they can stalk their prey. Elephants and tigers are both endangered in India and all over the world. Governments and Conservation groups are working to save the animals and the habitats that enable them to survive in the wild. There are also spotted deer here ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh February 4th 2006

Indian People have been coming to Rishikesh on spiritual pilgrimages for thousands of years. The river that runs through here, the Ganges, is considered sacred to Hindus. It is often referred to as "Maa Ganga" Mother Ganges and is believed to be a goddess on earth. Where I am in the foothills of the Himalaya mountains is where the Ganges River starts There have been ashrams here for hundreds of years. An ashram is a place where people go to meditate and study. It's like a monastary for Hindus. Often nuns and monks live there. At the Yoga Niketan Ashram there are monks who live here and there are people like me who come here for a short time to learn about yoga. Meditation means to take time to sit and think about God. Meditation is ... read more
Becca in "Tree Pose"
Yves in "Bow Pose"
Ganges from the Ashram

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh December 31st 2005

INTRO........ ..........AUF DER SUCHE NACH DEM URSPRUNG...... als beatlesfan der ersten stunde und spross der hippie - guru - woodstockaera war mir schon immer klar, dass ich EINES im leben erreichen muss!! eine pilgerreise, so wie die sadhus hier, an einen heiligen platz, .........mir heiligen platz! glaubtses oder nicht, ich hab vor mehr als 25 jahren im schoenwieser gemeindesaal einen vortrag ueber den maharishi mahesh yogi gesehen! wir haben den vortragenden verarscht, weil uns der weismachen wollte, dass es im fortgeschrittenen stadium der transzendentalen meditation moeglich ist, vom boden abzuheben!!! dachten damals, super, ersparen wir uns das fliegen..... ja und, was is damit jetzt? mensch, komm ich doch drauf, dass hier in rishikesh DER ashram steht, in dem die beatles 1968 den mahar. mah. yogi aufgesucht haben und meditiert haben! peng, ........knallts ihr das ueberhaupt!?... read more
lakhsman juhla
lakhsman juhla
swarg ashram

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh December 22nd 2005

DIE STRASSE GEHOERT ALLEN...............oder: INDIEN WIE ES HALT IST! in delhi auf dem interstate bus terminal einen bus nach haridwar gecheckt! "very good bus, very good seats, no problem......takes only 4,5 hours, much better than the official bus because this bus takes 6 hours, stops all the time........! na, von mir aus! es sind ja gerade mal 214 km in die heilige stadt, nordwaerts, richtung himalaya. nach einer stunde manifestieren sich unsere zweifel bzgl. der infos. wir cruisen naemlich immer noch um den interstate bus terminal herum und nach kurzer fort-bewegung stehen wir auch schon wieder an einer tankstelle. irgendwann kriegt der busbegleiter vom reisebuerochef vor unseren augen eine offizielle, oeffentliche watschn verpasst, danach gehts aber raus, auf die hauptstrasse. auf der strasse ( ca. 4m breit mit gegenverkehr) bewegen sich folgende dinge: busse, traktoren, autos, ... read more
on the road to haridwar
on the road to haridwar
on the road to haridwar

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh October 19th 2005

Walked to the Beetles ashram, 3/4km. Disappointed because it was run down and the gates were locked. Saw an amazing ceremony at 6.00pm on the Ganges. There were hundreds of people sitting on the stairs, in the middle was a bearded priest, bellow and beside him were singing children and musicians. It was beautiful - one of the many highlights of Rishikesh. Spent time with the Israli couple next door. Very friendly. Exhanged email addresses and we'll keep in touch. ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh October 18th 2005

17th/18th Illness. It was the salad sandwich at the waterfall, bastards. ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh October 16th 2005

Saw a classical India concert in Swarg ashram. Talked to an Israeli woman on the way, she'd been living in an Ashram for a year. She recommended loads of Yoga teachers to me. Concert started late but it was worth it. First acts were six Indian school girls, sounded nice. Everyone moved forward for the second act. Local group, a vocalist, violin and tabla. The tabla player was really good. A guy I met was really going for it, dead strange dancing ala Bez from the Happy Mondays. Tried my best to bite my lip. Last act were awesome. Apparently the best Tabla player in India with two sitar players. He lived up to his reputation. An hour or so of improvisation, really impressed. Strangest part of the night was at the end. Everyone clapped in ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh October 15th 2005

Walked to Red-Chilly adventures and asked advice on a local trek. Decided to head for the waterfall. It was a 4/6/km walk. Stopped off at a Chai shop on the way and ate and drank tea with a group of Indian students. They were very polite. We exchanged emails and took pictures. The shorter walk through the forest to the waterfall was beautiful. Many species of butterfly and the water was very clear. Met a group of Israeli lads, exchanged stories about our travels. Decided to walk higher to see the source of the waterfall. Eventually we spotted a cave where several Hindu Holly men were living, walked through the cave and we found the main waterfall, it was amazing. Walked through the waters, several slips and sat around for half and hour or so. Great ... read more

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh October 14th 2005

Walked to Lakshman Jhula. Its very quiet, full of cobbled streets and Hindu Holly men. Used the bridge over the Ganges to get to the 13th-storey temple of Swarg Niwas. Amazing views from the bridge. Removed my shoes before I went into the temple. Walked around each level. There are various shrines for each Hindu deity. As the pilgrims walked past each shrine they ring a bell, a call to pray - Eno would love it here. Walked around the main Bazaar, lots of stalls selling books, clothes, herbal medicine and beads. There were a tribe of monkeys on a fence, an Indian guy was eating nuts and they all ran at him until his gave them up. It was very funny. I've taken a picture of it. Walked to Swarg Ashram. Lots of ashrams are ... read more

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