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Offline moSh

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Visiting India - Call For Advice!
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:39:03 am »
Hi everyone

In a couple of weeks I'll be flying to Mumbai for up to six months, with the hopes of immersing myself in the birthplace of Buddhism. My general route will take me across the north, but I'm not looking to give myself a strict itinerary and instead 'follow my feet' to a degree.

If anyone lives in or has visited India, I would be hugely grateful for any advice, Buddhism-related or not. Specifically, where to visit (cities or places of interest), if there are any recommended meditation retreats (consider me somewhere between a beginner and intermediate level), and any general living tips for a foreigner.

Thanks very much in advance!

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Re: Visiting India - Call For Advice!
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2016, 06:24:59 pm »
Wow, that's great!
This may seem odd, but this book is wonderful, and really makes the connection between Hinduism and Buddhism: it shows the roots of our meditation, other practices, and beliefs.
Sadhus: India's Mystic Holy Men: Dolf Hartsuiker
If you get the US version there is a sadhu smoking reefer on the cover. That's advertising.
All of the Himalayan areas of India, the Buddhist regions, are quite different from the lowlands. I've only been a little way south of Delhi, so I know nothing about the south.
You have to fly in the winter, but you can be in Ladakh when few people are there, and see the temple dances that happen around the Tibetan new year, in Feb. or march. I was there in Feb.
In the summer, take the bus (not a cab! the bus drivers are family men with kids and they drive more safely) from Manali to Leh and see the foothills of the Himalayas.
If you want to hear more, my Chinese Buddhist friends said the Buddhist caves are wonderful.
Ive done some meditating in Nepal (and climbing), and visited a few of the Hindu sites.
But other people will have more advice

and then there is the Chadar trek:
http://www.ryderwalker.com/zanskar.html
this is from 2012, but I heard that Ace Kvale and pals are leading one this winter, and I would trust him. I would go in a second if I could. Maybe next year.

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Re: Visiting India - Call For Advice!
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2016, 01:55:20 pm »
Thanks skier! This is really helpful as my plan is to primarily go across the north, and most of the people I know that have been to India have generally stayed in the centre/south. I was very curious about the snow, as I can't find a source to tell me exactly how far south it reaches and how hard it is to get around in it. Is flying expensive? I do really want to see the Jammu region so I think I'll follow your advice!

 


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