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 India, is a vast and splendid land of divergent cultures and cuisines – or, as Paul William Roberts would say, to the “empire of the soul.” We’ll steer you through a spectacular labyrinth of sights and mysteries to bring out the wonders of this sub-continent: battlements of Rajasthan's opulent palaces, the Taj Mahal and Varanasi on the Ganges...

 India, is a vast and splendid land of divergent cultures and cuisines – or, as Paul William Roberts would say, to the “empire of the soul.” We’ll steer you through a spectacular labyrinth of sights and mysteries to bring out the wonders of this sub-continent: battlements of Rajasthan's opulent palaces, the Taj Mahal and Varanasi on the Ganges River in the north; wild jungles and tiger habitats of central India; and tropical Malabar backwaters and plantations of the Spice Hills in the south. You’ll be enveloped by the warmth and hospitality of India’s people: in the old city of Jodphur where you’re invited to the private home of the Sankahla family for lunch; in Bandhavharh and Kanha National parks when the local guides and conservationist detail passionately their struggle to bring tigers back from the brink of extinction; and in the rural villages of Rajasthan when we dine with royal family descendants who tell us about daily Indian life.

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Walking Through Dharavi Slum, Mumbai - Part II

On the way to Dharavi we drove through the red-light district where young girls and women work the sex trade. This gave us the opportunity to talk about the reality of prostitution in India, about sex trafficking children and women here from Nepal, Bangladesh and elsewhere. It's important that we as travelers raise awareness and support organizations working to break up human trafficking by providing support for children and women to find safe harbor, break the sexual exploitation cycle and find a better life. Jen and Heather, our Yoga instructors, with Twist Vinyasa Yoga Edmonds came to this part of Mumbai before our yoga group met up in Goa and brought toys for the children of working prostitute mothers. Wildland Adventures is a signator to the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct and supports ECPAT - the international campaign to end child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes...
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The Reality of Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India - Part I

There’s hyped up controversy about paying to go see poverty on a “slum tour” in India, but there shouldn’t be if you do it right and with the best of intentions.  In early February 2014 we went into the Dharavi slum on the edge of Mumbai with Reality Tours and Travel, a local walking tour company.  If you’re going to be a tourist of any sort, better to be a traveler interested in seeing the reality of the place and people, and to do it with everything open: mind, eyes, heart, and a willingness to share. Walking through Dharavi, I couldn’t help but think about what Gandhi pronounced: "Just because we may have a different lot in life, doesn’t change the fact that we are all, at our core, one and the same." What we learned first off is that a slum, by definition, isn’t poverty per se. In fact, life...
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For the love of God (and Goddesses and other living things)

For the love of God (and Goddesses and other living things)
Besides uniting our mind and body with Jen and Heather feeling more self-realization after getting over jet lag and doing a week of yoga, another wonderful benefit of yoga at the start of the trip was how Jen and Heather shared Hindu philosophy and religion with us. After all, Hinduism forms much of the ancient traditions of yogic life. Heather recounted stories of Brahma the lord of creation, Shiva and his wife Parvati, Hanuman the monkey god known for his strength and ability to fly which he used to save Sita when she was kidnapped, and Ganesh the elephant god of good fortune declared by Brahma to be the first god to be worshipped by Hindus. Jen explained the basics of Ayurveda, an ancient healing system translated in Sanskrit as “ayu” life and “veda” knowledge. Most commonly experienced as massage and body treatments, some of us went deeper to get medical...
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7 Days 7 Chakras: Yoga in Goa

7 Days 7 Chakras: Yoga in Goa
Jen and Heather got it Goain’ on with yoga in Goa! The inspiration for our 2 week yoga and cultural trip to In dia started with our son’s high school journal ism teacher turned yoga instructor. Jen Mitchell just retired from teaching high school on the eve of this trip after having successfully started Twist Yoga several years ago, a vinyasa yoga studio in our hometown of Edmonds, WA. Together with her business partner, Heather Falcon, they have been offering yoga retreats in Hawaii and Oregon, and this was their first international yoga retreat. They designed the yoga program at Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village in north Goa and asked us if we would set up a post-retreat cultural adventure to Varanasi, the Taj Mahal and Delhi. The trip sold out quickly. Although Anne and I were not originally planning to go, it took little convincing by other participants on the...
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Robel Alemu
That's a moving journey. Feels hard to connect with the feelings esp for an average man like me. I will read and hopefully join on... Read More
Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:04
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Mumbai: More Than a Stopover

Mumbai: More Than a Stopover
Mumbai is becoming a more frequent stopover for international arrivals on  trips to India , like our connection through Dubai on Emirate Air. Also when traveling between northern and southern India domestic flights often connect through Mumbai including our flights between Goa-Delhi-Varanasi. But Mumbai is much more than an overnight connection. While Delhi is India’s political capital, Mumbai is its commercial and financial capital with more industry and export than any other city of India by far: With over 12 million registered residents (and there are always many more people living in Indian cities who are not officially registered), Mumbai is the largest city in India, the center of Bollywood, and contains one of the largest slums in the world. If you’re flying through Mumbai you can simply stay overnight at the JW Marriott on the coast not far from the airport or at any number of comfortable brand hotels near...
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