In my opinion, India is one of the most religious and superstitious countries there is. Auspicious beliefs are supposed to be lucky. Superstitions involve bad luck, and these people take these beliefs very seriously! I am constantly amazed at the things Indian people tell me that they really seem to believe are factual. I often…
I’ve been home for a week now from Triund and my legs still hurt. What’s worse is that my heart aches to go back. I think I may have left a part of me behind in those Himalayan Mountains. Triund does that to a person. It’s an experience you will never forget, and here’s why.
I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. The most beautiful places in India are the hardest to get to. Triund is a perfect example. Triund is basically a small camp area, about 10,000 feet up in the Himalayan Mountains. To get there, you have to first reach the town of Mcleodganj, India, then you must hike 9 kilometers straight up a mountain, which is why my legs still hurt.
Diwali is the the most important holiday of India. It is like a mix of Christmas and the 4th of July and is a 5 day holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. They light candles, pray, eat, exchange gifts and have ceremonies.
Karva Chauth is an auspicious ceremony and festival paracticed by Hindus in India. It is believed to prolong the life of a woman’s husband
The Grub Fest is a fun food festival in India that also has live music, drinks, dancing and cooking demonstrations.
Dussehra is a national holiday in India that celebrates good over evil. The night ends with the burning of a representation of the Hindu Lord Ravana.
Navratri is a nine day festival in India celebrating the goddess of power, Durga.
We were super excited about our trip to Manali so we left Delhi around midnight on a Friday night. It was a holiday weekend and we were hoping to miss traffic, but we didn’t. Instead it took us five hours to get out of Delhi! Finally the roads cleared somewhere around daybreak and we welcomed the clearing air, blue skies and quaint villages, along with the first dawn of our nine day vacation. We drove through the cute towns of Mandi and Kullu where we stopped at a fruit stand for some fresh apples. I eventually took my turn at the wheel so Kirti could take some much deserved rest before navigating the steep winding roads of the Himalaya Mountains. Finally, 18.5 hours later, we arrived in Manali. Little did we know that Manali is a little town full of big surprises.