What an Year it was πŸ’•πŸ˜‡

I surpassed myself in my travels in 2019 πŸ˜‡

5 Continents

4 New Countries : Guatemala, Nepal, Canada and Turkey. All were so awesome and worth visiting again.

Such beautiful places, even more beautiful friends and so much of love from all around. Can’t thank God enough for all His grace πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ’•

Wherever I find love that is my home πŸ’•πŸ’•

LOS ANGELES: Peace Love Nature – December 2018 and January 2019

Ten days in LA were spent in the SRF Mother Center and three days at SRF retreat, Lake ShrineπŸ‘‡

18 Joyous days in the Country of Eternal Spring- Guatemala πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ‘‡

And my trip around the world was rounded up beautifully with 8 days in end January in Brisbane with my dear niece, Uma πŸ’•πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ‘‡

After visiting North America, Central America and Australia in the beginning of the year; April found me in me beautiful neighbouring country – Nepal; with my beautiful niece, Sabrina and her loving family. Whole of Nepal is so scenicπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ‘‡

And then back home on the beaches of Goa with my niece, Kankana and her son πŸ’•πŸ€—πŸ‘‡

The end of the year found me back again in North America, but this time on the East Coast. It has been a dream to watch the fall colours and I got so much more πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ‘‡

The last country to visit was Turkey. Visiting Istanbul had been in my wish list for almost 50 years πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘‡

Pls don’t Judge me πŸ‘

Pls don’t judge me.

You can’t.

When did I give you the permission to walk in my shoes?

But yes you can love me as I love you.

We don’t need any permissions to love.

Love is what you are.

Love is what I am.

Love is all there is πŸ’•πŸ’–β€οΈ

Ashok

Pics from my visit to Chitwan National Park, Nepal in April.

Mayan and Hindu Temples❀️ – Kumaon Hills 2❀️

In addition to the natural beauty and awe inspiring mountains, Kumaon hills have so many beautiful and uplifting temples. And I found the Mayan temples I had seen in Guatemala and also some temples in Nepal had quite similar architecture 😊 And all are beautiful places. Am so blessed to have experienced so much beauty and divinity in the last few months β€οΈπŸ™

Kausani- Switzerland of IndiaπŸ’• Kumaon Hills – 1❀️

Tikal National Park – Guatemala ❀️9

Buddha and Bhairav Harmony πŸ’•– Nepal 2β€οΈπŸ™

Nepal-3/4 centuries old

Tikal – Guatemala 8-12th Century AD

Baijnath and other Kumaon Hills Temples 12-13th Century AD

4 Months 4 Continents πŸ’•

I have always been traveling a lot, but last year I had promised myself to travel to at least one new country and one new location in India every year. We are less than 4 months into the year and I have already been to 2 new countries and 4 continents πŸ˜Šβ€οΈπŸ™

Around the World with Love

Guatemala in Central America seems to be a little stronger economy than India but just like India in many ways. Beautiful. More of a developing country.

Los Angeles in North America – a dream city, very modern and well developed and affluent.

Brisbane, Australia- a beautiful and good paced city. Modern and affluent. Very livable.

Nepal in Asia – a beautiful country, lesser developed than India.

On the look of it there doesn’t seem any common ground in these 4 places around the world. Different levels of standards of living; different languages- English, Spanish and Nepalese; different food, different looks πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‡

But as I wrote in one of my earlier blogs – people are essentially same all over the world. I had the good fortune to meet and live with amazing and loving people every where β€οΈπŸ™β€οΈ and I loved all the countries. And though every country was so different Nature was beautiful everywhere. Different but divine ❀️

Love in Nepal😊❀️

NEPAL πŸ‡³πŸ‡΅

More of Love πŸ’• Brisbane 1

BRISBANE- AUSTRALIA πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

Love in Los Angeles ❀️

LOS ANGELES- USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Love in Guatemala ❀️ – 1

GUATEMALA πŸ‡¬πŸ‡Ή

More Love πŸ’• Nepal 10❀️

My last day in Nepal was their new year day and a fitting end to this amazing trip.

Got so much love from Sabrina’s family. Her grand parents are so loving and caring, specially grand mother. She was so concerned about my well being- my food, that I ate too little 😊, what I was wearing, did I have a cap and not to forget the maskβ€οΈπŸ‘

Most people go out for the night stay or spend the day visiting around and picnic etc with families or friends at new year time. On new year day they make a special dish of all kinds of beans and rice etc called Qwati😊 Enjoyed it 😊

Sabrina’s family lives in Kirtipur and we visited a park nearby, on the banks of Baghmati, with many caves 😊 Later we went to a lake with lots of fish. Whole area is so beautiful with hills in the background. Not a touristy place but very popular with locals 😊 So good to see happy and cheerful people all around 😊❀️

The previous evening was at Thamel, the touristy shopping hub of Kathmandu. Beautiful place with small winding lanes filled with shops and cafes. The evening was so pleasant and not so crowded as most were traveling outside the city. Thamel is a must on every tourist’s itinerary 😊

Enchanting Pashupatinathβ€οΈπŸ™ Nepal 9❀️

Had very good experience at Pashupatinath last week too and this day we could visit it twice ❀️❀️ Both the experiences – the day visit and the night – so different and yet so uplifting.

Buddha and Bhairav Harmony πŸ’•– Nepal 2β€οΈπŸ™

The morning visit was basically to locate and spend some time at the caves of two masters, Tilopa and his disciple Naropa, which I was told were in the vicinity of Pashupatinath. Very few people knew of this but we were able to locate the caves, simple and forgotten by most 😝 and meditated there for a while πŸ™

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilopa

The morning was so quiet and there wasn’t anybody around at the Tilopa and Naropa caves. The evening was just the opposite 😎

Pashupatinath was jam packed for the evening Arti. Such soulful singing and the rituals on the banks of Baghmati river. Some kids, inspired by the evening mood, did beautiful tandav dance β€οΈπŸ™ There were a couple of ladies dancing on the lower platform too – in praise of the Lord β€οΈπŸ™

Though we reached rather late, people were generous enough to offer me or accommodate me in a front row seat πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

Loved both – the quiet meditation in the morning and the rituals and the singing in the evening. Both, in a way, connect us to the divine withinβ€οΈπŸ™ Thankful to Nani and Sabrina Maharjan for this enriching experience β€οΈπŸ€—

The Peak of Peaks πŸ˜‡β€οΈ Nepal 8❀️

Had never ever thought of seeing the Mount Everest from so close β€οΈπŸ™

Took the Budha Air Mountain flight to watch the Himalayas and the highest mountain peak in the world. God was again very kind to me and the day was perfect, though there was a forecast of the rainπŸ™ The flip side was I got the seat under the engine of the ATR plane😝 Suchness of life πŸ˜‡

A few airlines run these one hour mountain flights, to view the Himalayas first hand and from very close. For tourists the dollar price is almost double but is worth it. As I wrote in my last blog too – it is wiser to invest in experiences 😊❀️

It was an amazing and awe inspiring experience. 100s of miles of the Himalayas πŸ™ Could also view Mount Everest from the cockpit πŸ˜‡ Loved the Gauri Shankar peak too β€οΈπŸ™

It is not possible to look at this majestic mountain range and not to think of God❀️ Nature IS God β€οΈπŸ™ But you know I enjoyed the Paragliding more 😊❀️ …..open sky, distant earth and cool and fresh breeze caressing me….pure love πŸ’•

Oh God Beautiful πŸ’• Nepal 7

Mount Everest in the backπŸ˜‡

Top left is Gauri Shankar peak

Oh God Beautiful πŸ’• Nepal 7

Loved my first experience of ParaglidingπŸ’• and it had to be in Pokhara ❀️

On the first day it got postponed twice and was finally canceled 😝 due to bad weather. The next day it got postponed twice again and luckily we didn’t cancel the idea and return to KathmanduπŸ‘ Finally it happened at noon and it was such fun.

The only regrets we have in life are things we didn’t do, experiences we let pass by, opportunities we didn’t take. I am so glad that I don’t have many regrets and that I have always invested in travel, in new experiences, in people..And it has been so much worth it πŸ˜‡

To be up in the sky, cool breeze caressing me and water below – is heaven for me. In Sukhmani Sahib, Guru Nanak says : Water is Heavenly Father, Earth is Divine Mother and Wind is the Guru. So for me this was more than heaven – water and earth and wind all there and a beautiful sky. We could see Himalayas too in the distance – Fish peak.

Love in Pokhara πŸ’• Nepal 6❀️

Early morning at Fewa lake, Pokhara was so divine. Peaceful❀️ Beautiful πŸ’•

We had reached here the previous evening after another long ride from Lumbini. Well begun is half done. It was a picture perfect and soul perfect morning 😊❀️ And the rest of the day was equally uplifting. Pokhara is a beautiful place to visit. Very scenic. Good and cheap food. Good shopping 😊😊

Buddha callingπŸ™Nepal 5❀️

Love in Nepal😊❀️

The boat ride was good😊 though the boats association isn’t transparent in the dealings and charges😝

Next was Devi’s fall and Gupteshwar Mahadev temple. We had to climb down a big cave in the temple and the fall there was bigger and more exciting than Devi’s😝

And then we went to the World Peace Stupa, over looking the lake and the city. Peaceful place though some tourists don’t follow the Silence request 😝

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