14 days, 9 women, 6 cities, 1 country; India, a country that leaves no one unaltered by its warmth, beauty, spiritual peace and breathtaking contrasts…
Fourteen intense days of discovering a populous fast developping country through its nature, mosques, empire remnants, historical sites, religion, townships and yoga.
Indeed, cultural shocks were felt from most of our nine women whose feet had walked for the first time on India’s soil. With a median age of 24.9 years old, the dense population is very young, about 70% live in rural areas in mostly precarious life and sanitary conditions. Nevertheless, the local’s smiles, simple joie de vivre and relentless hard working spirit will move you. Perhaps, it is because of their sense of community life and deep spirituality.
”I would definitely return to deepen my knowledge and understanding of India because of its moving colors and intensity which doesn’t leave you indifferent, you come back grown from it.” said Manon, one of our travellers. “Inspiring but frustrating, amazing but heartrending, with an explosion of the senses…”
In years to come, there shall be attention paid on the impacts of westernization on Indian culture, one of the oldest & richest cultures, because it is nowadays being transformed as western culture is establishing itself, especially among the young generations. There is a fascinating mix of ancient & modern influences and this organic blend is what is rapidly developping India.
Delhi…the official capital, is a modern metropolitan city with a historic past and a paradise for avid shoppers of antiques, handicrafts, European fashions, leather articles, rugs and carpets, linen & fabrics, silks and jewelry.
Rishikesh…which means ”lord of the senses” is a holy city, famous centre of pilgrimage and a city that contains sacred sites, temples and numerous traditional yoga centers.
Agra…slower in pace, harbors its beautiful art on marble and soapstone by ancient craftsmen, it holds many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Tāj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Jaipur…known as ”the pink city” because of the color of its buildings, is a land of rich cultural heritage as demonstrated by the Amber fort and City Palace. Its relative calm evokes a different pace as well and another magnificent world.
Mumbai…the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India, houses the Bollywood film and television industry. It attracts migrants from all over India, making the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures.
Goa…classified as a biodiversity hotspot because of its gorgeous beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture is a paradise for lovers of rich flora and fauna. Its coastline has some of the prettiest natural sceneries of India.
Jane, another woman part of our travellers, said she was amazed by the hospitality of the hotel staffs, especially in Goa. ”I got to share experiences and observations about various types of yoga with them, which was quite special!”
Would you not want to be part of our exciting cultural trip next year?
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