BEST TRIP EVER

I’ve been fortunate enough to count six extended travels, such as I one I just completed. Each one has had many glory and exciting moments, and this one exceeded all the rest because of the cultural immersion I had intended as the theme of this trip. From a real Homestay in Vietnam to the very colorful Indian wedding in Chennai, and many great and happy moments in between, this trip had it all....

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INDIAN WEDDING CRASHERS

In setting the record straight at the onset of this story, technically I did not crash this Indian wedding held in Chennai. But I did ask if I could attend. A friend of mine who was attending as the bride was one of her best childhood friends, asked the father of the bride and the bride herself if I could attend, and they agreed. That said, in borrowing the title of the film Wedding Crashers, it...

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BACK TO CIVILIZATION IN GUWAHATI, ASSAM

After spending all those days alone in Kaziranga, I spent a very nice day with actual people. It had been about a week since being social, and it felt good, real good. Dhiya, who I met in Gangtok, and lives in Guwahati, set up a plan to meet up April 12th, and so she arranged the day with her cousin and cousin’s boyfriend and we went to the Brahmaputra River and took a quick ferry crossing to...

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ON SAFARI, OWNING KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK, ASSAM

On this next part of my India trip, after visiting the incredible Darjeeling and Sikkim, I wanted to go Assam. Going to Assam is a wide objective, as it is a very big state. Thru the luck of random traveler conversations, in some random restaurant in Kolkata, I met some Canadians who had just been to Kaziranga National Park in Assam and said it’s a must see. If you like nature, wild animals and...

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THE GANGS OF GANGTOK, SIKKIM

Arriving into Gangtok, Sikkim up the hill from Darjeeling was an exciting prospect. This place always had a mystical quality to it, knowing it was another fabled land of Buddha, and an incredibly ethnic Asian-y, yet totally different than anywhere else of the people. It kind of felt like Darjeeling, it also kind of felt like Tibet but all different unto its own. The town of Gangtok is situated on...

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FINDING NIRVANA AT RUMTEK SIKKIM

A few times in my travels, I found that blissful state known as Nirvana. That time on my 3rd houseboat in Kashmir in 2011 is the first one that comes to mind, certainly there have been moments like that along the way, but not as so compelling as Kashmir and now my two days spent at the hotel near Rumtek Monastery and tour of Rumtek as well as the smaller Rey Monastery nearby. And through the...

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