I have been in Riskikesh, India for about a month now, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here deepening my yoga and meditation practice. But even though I love this place, and could stay forever, it is time to move on. Today I spent some time online, booking my upcoming travel, and am excited to announce my next plans, and also ask my readers for any and all advice they have to share with me.
First I am headed to Varanasi to visit the cremation ghats, and to spend some time touring this magical Siva city. What is your favorite thing to do in Varanasi? How did the energy of the city make you feel?
After this, I will go to Bodhgaya for a 10 day Vipassana course. This is a 10 day silent meditation retreat, where I will wake up at 4am, eat two meals a day, and have no contact with anyone for 10 full days. I am not even allowed to read or keep a journal during this time. The entire time will be spent in silent meditation. I am up for the challenge, and I look forward to what I will experience and learn during this time. Have you done a vipassana course? What were your experiences?
After this I’ll spend a few days in Bodhgaya, and maybe head back to Varanasi depending on how I am feeling.
In the beginning of May, I will head to Nepal for a week, bidding farewell to my now beloved India after a solid 4 months of India travel. In Nepal, I will spend some time in Kathmandu, check out the Pokhara Valley, and maybe meet a friend in a little village north of Kathmandu. Since I only have about a week in Nepal, what is something I cannot miss in this country?
After Nepal, I am headed to Greece to start a new chapter in my travels, and most likely celebrate my birthday on the beach somewhere! Though this will be my 6th (I think?) time in Europe, it will be my very first time in Greece, and maybe some other Balkan countries. What is your favorite part of Greece and why? Is it easy to find vegetarian/vegan food in this part of the world?
As always, thank you all so much for your input, and even though part of me desperately wants to stay in India, it is getting much too hot, and I am looking forward to getting somewhere with better internet connection to finally fill you all in on my travels and experiences in India! And thank you in advance for any tips or words of wisdom on my upcoming adventures.