The first memory I have of travel topics is a desire as a little girl to go to India. Maybe it was my far-out parents who had started an Ananda Marga center and an SRF connection in a makeshift hippy style, or the "DaDa's" who would stay with our family when visiting from India. Big giant men with the classically long beards, flowing orange robes, complete with matching turbans.
They would come to teach meditation and yoga. And all I cared about was how cool it was that they slept on the floor without blankets! My grandmother has worked for Parmahansa Yogananadas organization off and on for 30 years and my mother worked there for 10. There's been a lifelong connection to Yogananda via family and friends and needless to say this may have influenced my curiosity about India. But the older I get and the more I travel, the more realistic I have become about traveling there. So I have been putting it off. Fearing that I need to follow my gut so that I "get" India. I have such a desire to fall in love with it- but know it's a complicated place.
Alas this October we are launching ourselves into the heart of Rajasthan, India and I cannot wait for the experience. I've been doing extensive research and planning and these are just a few of the images that I am coming across along the trail. Wonderful, magical, gritty and old images that make my heart sing. I can only hope that I can digest it all amongst the heat and busyness and the chaos.
There's just so much beauty! All of these images are of Jaipur, where we will be basing ourselves. And also where we will be attending Lotta Jasdotters retreat with Ace Camps on traditional block printing. If any of you have been to India and have packing or cultural tips please let me know. That has been such a fun and interesting part of the planning. What to wear!! LOL. I'm planning on arriving and jumping into traditional clothing from what I've read on travel forums. Who knows what crazy get ups I'll be running around in. Half the fun!