Photo Blog: Rishikesh

The air in Rishikesh is filled with an oxygenated spiritual charge. It is known as the yoga  capital of the world. Situated in the Uttarakhand District, North of India, in the foothills of the majestic Himalayan mountains, Rishikesh is home to numerous ashrams, temples and yoga centres. Getting there… You can arrive by car from New Delhi, take a train to Haridwar and taxi to Rishikesh or fly into Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. No matter which mode of transport you choose, on entering the beautiful city, you are met by the majestic Ganges river.  This holy river meanders its way from the mountains to the city of Rishikesh. The streets are filled with hippy looking soul searchers, sadhus in ochre robes, cows, tourists and the […]

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My Love for India

I arrived in India a few days ago and as always, India is a beautiful paradox.  The beautiful temples amongst the dreaded pollution, the smelly streets in contrast with the aromatic flavored foods, the absolute methodical madness to the traffic amongst the jaywalking people and the holy cows!  The extremely poor  amongst the wealthy. A huge part of my heart lies in India.  Maybe because I am Indian (South African Indian), maybe it is a past birth affinity, so many unknowns and as I always say “something’s don’t need an explanation”. All I know is that I have a huge affinity to this very special country, I love India. So many experiences have literally brought tears to my eyes.  So many moments of pure joy […]

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Discover Bo-Kaap – Free Walking Tours

It is often said that the best way to discover a city is to put on your walking shoes and get lost in the nooks and crannies.  It is the best way to stumble upon quaint shops, learn about the locals and see a city. A better way to discover a city is to join a free walking tour which will take you through the nooks and crannies but with the benefit of learning about the history, myths and stories behind the streets you walk through. If you haven’t previously heard of free walking tours (where have you been), no, I just joke.  So most cities around the world offer these guided tours on foot.  The next time you decide to take a trip, remember […]

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Hennops Hiking Trailing

  Nestled a short way out of the bustle of Johannesburg city life, rests the Hennops Hiking Trail.  A short drive from Fourways left me lost in nature.  I couldn’t understand why I hadn’t made my way to Hennops sooner.  I guess it is the story of “I must do this”…but never got around to doing it, until now.  So here’s what you need to know about the hike. Hennops Hiking Trail Options The Hennops Hiking Trail and picnic spot is the perfect getaway into a tranquil environment.  It has different trails ranging from 6km to 11 km.  It is a well maintained trail, with marked directions throughout.  There is also a picnic area for those who would like to spend time outdoors and not […]

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