Posts in India
Radisson Blu Hotel, Ranchi, India: hotel review

Radisson Blu hotel is the only five star hotel in Ranchi, the "City of Waterfalls" in India. I go there almost every year to visit the ashram of Paramahansa Yogananda for a yoga and meditation retreat. The Business Class room is very comfortable and quiet with all the amenities like tea and coffee-maker, complimentary mineral water, cookies and fruits and an evening turndown service that I enjoy very much. There is nothing like getting fresh towels and having your bed made again, when you return to the room late in the evening!

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Visiting #Babaji's cave in the #Himalayas in North India: a photo essay

For those of you interested in making pilgrimages to holy spots across the world and meditating where saints have meditated, a visit to Babaji's cave in the Himalayas is a must. The cave is a 45 minute trek from a place called Kukuchina located in the small town of Dunagiri in North India, not so far away from Dwarahat. Infact, my recommendation would be to stay at Dwarahat and hire a cab for the day to drive to Kukuchina. Here are some pictures from a trip I made there with some friends some time back.

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10 pictures from my fabulous hotel stay at the Radisson Blu Ranchi, India

Radisson Blu, Ranchi is perhaps the only 4 or 5 star hotel in Ranchi, which is not very far away from the ashram. It takes about 10 minutes with a cab from the hotel to reach the ashram depending on the traffic, and in the early morning hours when there is no traffic, it may take only 5 minutes. A private cab will cost *Rs. 200 ($4 approx.) one way and the hotel cab costs *Rs. 400 ($7 approx.) one way. The YSS ashram may be able to provide you with a list of private cab numbers in the city. 

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A #pilgrimage to the #Drongiri #temple in Uttarakhand, North India

Approximately 600 km (250 miles) from Delhi in the state of Uttarakhand, lies a cluster of 6 small villages that forms the district of Drongiri or Dunagiri or Doonagiri. It is famous for the temple of Dunagiri (an hour's drive from Dwarahat) dedicated to the Goddess Vaishnavi that attracts a large number of pilgrims every year.

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12 reasons to stay at the Park Hyatt, Goa - a must have vacation!

Happy Holidays! So it's holiday time and I was in Goa, India for the first time in my life, where I was gifted a stay at the Park Hyatt, a luxury 5 star resort and spa in South Goa, located right next to the beach! It was the perfect dream stay--the weather was warm, the sun was shining and I was able at last, to get out of all my winter gear and do all my favorite things in life--swim, walk, meditate, watch movies, take massages or just lounge in my room! If you ever plan to get there and are looking for a nice hotel, trust me, you will simply love the Park Hyatt and here are 12 reasons why. :)

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#Ranchi, India--a spiritual pilgrimage to the YSS ashram of Paramahansa Yogananda

Several years ago, I was traveling by train in India in a second class compartment with another friend-I must have been some 15 odd years old and when my friends were already dating, I was busy making drawings for a fashion magazine I wanted to start in school.  So in this train compartment, I met these two young European girls who told me about their search for peace that had brought them to India and asked me if I was ever interested in such a thing.

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