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भारत गणराज्य
India has a rich history identified with commerce and cultural wealth. Four major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism) and others (such as Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) shape the region’s diverse culture. There is also a small but vibrant Unitarian Universalist following (my faith) in India. India was colonized by the UK from the mid nineteenth century, until it became an independent nation in 1947.
India has more than 1.2 billion people, and is the world’s second most populated country. I had just 3 weeks to dip my toes into the northern part of India. I hope to have another chance in the future to go back and spend more time exploring other areas, particularly Kerala in the south.

I was determined to keep my itinerary for India very flexible. I flew from Kathmandu to Varanasi (the oldest continuously inhabited human city on the planet) and from there went to Mathura (the birthplace of Lord Krishna) and then to Agra to see the Taj. From there I trained to Amritsar to see the Golden Temple, then to Dharamsala where the Dalai Lama and many exiled Tibetans live.
I had three missions in three weeks. 1) Meet this guru I saw in a documentary and ask him a question; 2) Volunteer in the great kitchens of the Golden Temple; and 3) Go to where the Dalai Lama lives and learn more from the Tibetans there. Some of the best moments of the trip happened in India. Read more about how it turned out in my blog, between May 1-23.

Dates

May 1-3 Varanasi
May 4-5 Agra
May 6-9 Ashram near Mathura
May 10 Travelling to Amritsar
May 11-13 Amritsar
May 13- 21 Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj)
May 23 Fly from Dehli to Kathmandu
                   
Links to learn more
Golden Temple
Sikhism
Dharamsala
Taj Mahal
Dalai Lama
Varanasi
India tourism video (YouTube)
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