The Flip Flop Quest to Machu Picchu

“Seriously my life is not normal…not normal…not normal” I silently talk to myself while I walk through Cusco Airport in Peru and shake my head in disbelief. I could try to explain how I completely unexpectedly and miraculously ended up in Machu Picchu. But would you believe me if I tell you unicorns can fly? See, so I won’t even try. So basically a miracle … Continue reading The Flip Flop Quest to Machu Picchu

Saintly Encounter in Yamunotri

On my way to Yamunotri in the Himalayas I stop at a small restaurant. Hired by the restaurant owner, a father with his wife and five children run the kitchen and service. I am the only guest. “What would you like to eat?” the father asks me in Hindi. I pick the most common dish “Rice, dal and roti”. He smiles. Not only with his … Continue reading Saintly Encounter in Yamunotri

Pilgramige to Kailash in Tibet – Part 2

Since time immemorial spiritual seekers are drawn to circumambulate Mount Kailash. As per ancient mythology it resembles the spiritual center of the univsere, the naval of the world. The great Sages of mankind tread this path to Mount Kailash. It is here in the deep Tibetan Himalayas where the secrets of existence are hidden and where the ancient scriptures point us for Truth to be revealed. … Continue reading Pilgramige to Kailash in Tibet – Part 2

Pilgramige to Kailash in Tibet – Part 1

Words come back with my mind vainly trying to express my experience of Kailash. Incomplete trials to invite you into my experience of Parikrama around the spiritual center of the universe, the navel of the world, as Kailash is called as well. I remember the moment when I was blessed to stumble upon Kailash in the internet. I felt an indescribable inner pull. “I will … Continue reading Pilgramige to Kailash in Tibet – Part 1

The Swami with the Rolex

“Your watch Swamiji”, my friend says. “The watch is waterproof” Swami casually replies while putting on his helmet to go wildwater rafting on Ganga River in the Himalayas. “It’s a Rolex watch,” my friend adds. I look at his watch. I have been exposed to a lot of luxury in previous years and am not much impressed by material things. In fact I wear my own … Continue reading The Swami with the Rolex

An aimless Journey in the Himalayas

Fascinating journeys unfold when we drop the need to plan and instead follow and have faith in the flow of life. It is only then when perfect alignment can manifest. The onset of my journey starts with a vague idea of its direction and then leads me to where I shall reach. So here is the latest adventure that very unexpectedly brought me to the … Continue reading An aimless Journey in the Himalayas

The Flip Flop Quest to Muktinath

The plan was simple: a quick border crossing from India into Nepal. All went according to plan, when sudden madness strikes “Let’s go to Muktinath”…and so equipped with flip flops, a 3,700 meters climb and snow storm later, after a sacred dip in the Mukti Kundas filled with freezing water, we finally enter the tiny temple Muktinath on top of the Himalayas. I have countless … Continue reading The Flip Flop Quest to Muktinath