We made our way down the mountain, leaving behind our beautiful home of 4-nights in Darjeeling and the town that all of us now love. Over three-hours later we arrived in the little town of Bagdogra and boarded our flight to Kolkata to spend the final night of our Odyssey.

Our Himalayan spiritual adventure has come to a conclusion. A lovely dinner and time of sharing was planned to celebrate our final evening together. Each participant was greeted and presented with a beautiful jasmine garland. We also celebrated Mandi’s birthday. Each of us took a few minutes to share our thoughts on the last 15-days and apprecaiate one another’s presence on the journey.

We thank all of you for following our blog – for following our spiritual adventure virtually and for your comments and countless emails. We loved having your support and inspired thoughts. We’ll continue to update the blog with videos from the trip in the next few weeks. So, stay tuned!

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A young lady dressed in a traditional Rajasthan outfit greets each of us with a beuatiful jasmine garland.
A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

It is Halloween night so Mandi and Jaxon take this opportunity to go a little further with dressing up.
A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

We surprise Mandi with a gorgeous cake and violinist who played the happy birthday tune while we sang.
A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

Happy Birthday Mandi!
A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

 

17 travellers gathered exactly 2-weeks ago from 3-nations and in one spiritual adventure in the Himalayas have built inseparable friendships. Themed a night of “curry, champagne and catwalk”, our group honoured and celebrated friendships born of a spiritual adventure.

My guru, Gurudeva Subramuniyaswami, always encouraged everyone to dress well. When we dress well, we feel good. So, tonight we put his advice into motion. The ladies from our group wrapped themselves in the saris they meticulously chose for themselves and the men did well for themselves. Tonight we also bid farewell to Anna who has assisted me along this spiritual adventure. We thank her for her hard work, quiet nature and getting things done behind the scenes.

Our second last night on this Odyssey, the photos below will speak for themselves of the friendships, love and spiritual companionships that were created in what has been an ineffable inner and outer adventure for each of us.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

Brittan and Dawn
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

Stacey and Soleiman
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

The ladies, immaculately dressed and proudly showing off their saris.
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

A special thank you from all of the ladies to Prema (far right) who patiently helped each one to put on the sari.
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

Peter and Tracey
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

Peter, Jaxon, Jason, Ramani, Gary and Soleiman.
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

We usually honor a person in the traditional way by giving them a shawl but since Anna has been living in India for a while I felt a hoodie from New York City would serve her better in cold Darjeeling.
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

Peter shares, on behalf of the group, their appreciation of Anna’s help over the couple of weeks and presents her with a card that each traveller left a personal note in.
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

Thank you Anna!
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

Mandi and Anna
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

Prema and Pam, part of our Australian contingent.
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

The ladies are requested to “strike a pose” and they willingly oblige. To quote Brittan “Time to put a sari on: One and a half hours. Time to take a sari off: 33 seconds. Time in between: Priceless.”
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

Soleiman and Peter
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It was a joyous night filled with laughter and dance!
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

Prema and Jason
It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

It's formal night on Vedic Odyssey's spiritual adventure in the Himalayas as we celebrate dressing well and feeling good as a result of it, our group dresses up in fine Indian fashion.

Here’s our entire group – bright, colourful spiritual adventurers!

 

Day 14: After a wonderful morning of classes we board jeeps and head off to the Happy Valley tea estate. A half hour later, after making our way through narrow streets, alleyways and cliffside roads we pull up on this estate.

A guide takes us on an informative tour of how the tea leaves are processed then packed and shipped around the world. This estate supplies tea for the famed Harrods in London.

After the tour of the manufacturing plant we wandered out into the plantation. Tea plants as far as the eye can see. We walked along narrow dirt paths between the tea plants watching tea pickers go about their day. A lot of hard work goes into the cup of tea we enjoy.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

Our guide holds up a tea leaf. You’ll see a close up of it on Dawn’s camera to the bottom left of the photo.
After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

Drying the tea. Hot air is blown in from the adjacent room by giant fans.
After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

Collecting the dried tea.
After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

Piles of tea ready to be packaged.
After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

The plantation is beautiful. Set on rolling hills, surrounded by the Himalayas with flowering plants here and there, it was an absolute joy to stroll through this tea estate.
After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

We realized after being here how much hard work is involved in picking and transporting tea from one end of the plantation to another at this altitude.
After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

There is always time to take a break from work and SMS a friend.
After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

Mandi has a go at carring a tea picking basket.
After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

A lot of the streets in Darjeeling are narrow and steep allowing access only to pedestrians. These very strong men carry unimaginable amount of goods on them as they slowly but surely, at this high altitude, transport goods from one location to another.
After our classes on meditation we headed out to the Happy Valley tea estate and enjoyed a guided tour through the tea plantation in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

Another wonderful morning in Darjeeling or what many of the locals would like to call their home land “Gorkhaland”.

 

It’s our last full day in Darjeeling and we spent a few hours of it in classes. Today it was everyone’s turn to be a teacher. Each person was given a topic yesterday and it was left to them to teach the group everything they knew about it. I got to play the student with many questions. The classes were filled with smiles, laughter and applause as each teacher elucidated their topic as best they could. All passed with flying colours!

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

Ramani was the first to share and he was given the topic of the power of acceptance. He shared about the topic in a beautiful poem he composed overnight leaving the class speechless.
A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

Soleiman shares about planning the future and creating goals.
A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

Gary did an excellent job in explaining the subconscious mind and how to clear patterns we don’t want from it.
A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

Pam describes each of the five states of mind and does so very well at it.
A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

Shelagh shares about awareness and the mind.
A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

Tracey taught us about the power of affirmation and the key ingredients behind making an affirmation successful.
A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

Peter guided us in how to develop our will and gave 3 clear methods on how we can implement this in our daily life.
A day of classes in the library of the Mayfair hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, in the Himalayas as we covered the fine art of meditation and the essentials of yoga.

 

We are certainly well settled in Darjeeling now and in the comforts of our beautiful hotel. We are spending more time each day in classes and less in excursions. Our main excursion for today was to head out to Tiger Hill to watch the sun rise over the Himalayas. We joined hundreds of local tourists for yet another special sunrise. It was a clear morning and we were blessed to be able to see Mount Everest in the distant. On the way back we stopped at a Tibetan monastery just in time for their morning ceremonies.

Today we are wrapping up our study of meditation. Each member of the group has been assigned a topic we’ve covered over this spiritual adventure and in tomorrow’s class I am the student and they have to teach me everything they know about that topic.

After our morning class today part of the group headed to a sari shop in town to purchase some saris plus visit a tailor to get the appropriate blouses stitched for the saris they purchased. Others visited the Himalayan zoo and the Himalayan Mountain Institute.

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

It's Vedic Odyssey's second full day in Darjeeling on the 2010 The Himalayas spiritual adventure and our group spends more time in classes and taking in the sights around them (Himalayan Mountain Institute)

 

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world’s finest teas and working hard at doing nothing. Our classes covered further the subject of meditation as I shared an outline of simple meditation steps that everyone could practice. There were also a lot of questions and answers clarifying doubts on the subject making sure everyone had a clear intellectual understanding of the mind.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

We spend our first full day in Darjeeling in quiet retreat diving into our study and practice of meditation. After the recent days of travel we are happy to be here in this mountain town sipping the world's finest teas and working hard at doing nothing.

 

Our stay in New Delhi was brief. We were up early, boarded our cycle rickshaws and headed to our bus. Once on board we made our way through the unusually quiet morning streets of Delhi before arriving at the airport to board our flight to Bagdogra. Bagdogra is the closest airport to Darjeeling and sits at the base of the mountain.

From Bagdogra, four vehicles tooks us on a 4-hour winding drive as we climbed the mountains making our way to the enchanting town of Darjeeling. A brief stop half way for some tea and snacks, before continuing our journey. We finally arrived after a long day of travel at our gorgeous hotel in Darjeeling. Everybody is delighted to be here and to spend the next 4-nights in quiet retreat amidst the Himalayas on the Indian side.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Teaching Dandapani how to play pool.
Our stay in New Delhi is brief and we rise early and head to the airport to board our flight Bagdogra, the jumping off point to the enchanting town of Darjeeling in the Himalayas of North India.

Our group loves hanging out with one another be it in class, excursions, meals or just fun activities.