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Amritsar Golden Temple in full view

Amritsar Golden Temple

Amritsar Golden Temple, at the center of a bustling Indian city, is a structure of incredible beauty, and serves as the heart of the Sikh religion & people. Eating free on the floor at the langar, waiting in line to see the holy guru book, watching the sacred pool, visiting the gory historical museum, feeling the splendor.

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With Kali at ladies temple, Amritzar

Mata Lal Devi Mandir – Amritsar’s “Ladies Temple”

Mata Lal Devi Mandir, or in its common name “The Ladies Temple” in Amritsar, displays an abundance of goddess figures and pictures, as well as an effeminate Buddha and is dedicated to a 20th century bespectacled female guru reputed to live on fruit and milk. Atmosphere is much more relaxed than in the Golden Temple. A good tuktuk driver is essential for a great rambling day around the city.

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Sunrise over Mumbai Bay view from Sea Shore Hotel

24 Hours in Mumbai – Train, Boat, Taxi, Feet

My 24 hours in Mumbai were rich in experiences and human encounters – the train (un)expected ordeal, hotel and dining, and then the awesome Elaphanta Island caves, boat ride, climb. Even the taxi trip to the airport was illuminating.

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With Nikki and Yair at Tanglang La, Ladakh

The Road from Manali/Jispa to Leh , Part II – Ladakh

Jispa to Leh, the second leg of the trip from Manali to Leh includes the highest motorized passes in the world. Awesome views of peaks, glaciers, undulating rivers, pristine lakes, erosive formations, as well as charming stop-overs where you can have a Ladakhi dish or buy a woolen hat.

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Sacrum sanctorum of Manu's Temple with ancient idols. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manu Temple, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manu temple in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, is the only temple for Manu, the first man. Like Noah, he was the only man saved from the Big Flood, to restart humanity. He was also the first law-giver and saved the vedas from the flood during his seventh reincarnation.

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Shrouded shrine at Vashisht waterfalls, Himachal Pradesh

Vashisht Village – Hot Springs and Waterfalls

Vashisht didn’t measure up to my expectations, still it was fun to walk up to the famous waterfalls, eat at the Tibetan Cafe to sounds of Israelis playing guitar and singing, dip my toes at the hot springs, emjoy the village atmosphere.

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Shanti stupa with stairs, Leh Ladakh

Shanti Stupa Leh – Art, Views, Temples

Shanti Stupa Leh with adjacent temples, towering over Leh to the north, are magnificent Buddhist modern holy sites. Breathtaking views, beautiful art, Arduous climb. Visit concluded with unstructured luxurious shanti time with chai and momos at a zula down the “Israeli Road’.

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Amritsar Golden Temple in full view

Amritsar Golden Temple

Amritsar Golden Temple, at the center of a bustling Indian city, is a structure of incredible beauty, and serves as the heart of the Sikh religion & people. Eating free on the floor at the langar, waiting in line to see the holy guru book, watching the sacred pool, visiting the gory historical museum, feeling the splendor.

Read More »
With Kali at ladies temple, Amritzar

Mata Lal Devi Mandir – Amritsar’s “Ladies Temple”

Mata Lal Devi Mandir, or in its common name “The Ladies Temple” in Amritsar, displays an abundance of goddess figures and pictures, as well as an effeminate Buddha and is dedicated to a 20th century bespectacled female guru reputed to live on fruit and milk. Atmosphere is much more relaxed than in the Golden Temple. A good tuktuk driver is essential for a great rambling day around the city.

Read More »
Sunrise over Mumbai Bay view from Sea Shore Hotel

24 Hours in Mumbai – Train, Boat, Taxi, Feet

My 24 hours in Mumbai were rich in experiences and human encounters – the train (un)expected ordeal, hotel and dining, and then the awesome Elaphanta Island caves, boat ride, climb. Even the taxi trip to the airport was illuminating.

Read More »
With Nikki and Yair at Tanglang La, Ladakh

The Road from Manali/Jispa to Leh , Part II – Ladakh

Jispa to Leh, the second leg of the trip from Manali to Leh includes the highest motorized passes in the world. Awesome views of peaks, glaciers, undulating rivers, pristine lakes, erosive formations, as well as charming stop-overs where you can have a Ladakhi dish or buy a woolen hat.

Read More »
Sacrum sanctorum of Manu's Temple with ancient idols. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manu Temple, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manu temple in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, is the only temple for Manu, the first man. Like Noah, he was the only man saved from the Big Flood, to restart humanity. He was also the first law-giver and saved the vedas from the flood during his seventh reincarnation.

Read More »
Shrouded shrine at Vashisht waterfalls, Himachal Pradesh

Vashisht Village – Hot Springs and Waterfalls

Vashisht didn’t measure up to my expectations, still it was fun to walk up to the famous waterfalls, eat at the Tibetan Cafe to sounds of Israelis playing guitar and singing, dip my toes at the hot springs, emjoy the village atmosphere.

Read More »
Shanti stupa with stairs, Leh Ladakh

Shanti Stupa Leh – Art, Views, Temples

Shanti Stupa Leh with adjacent temples, towering over Leh to the north, are magnificent Buddhist modern holy sites. Breathtaking views, beautiful art, Arduous climb. Visit concluded with unstructured luxurious shanti time with chai and momos at a zula down the “Israeli Road’.

Read More »
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