Sunrise over the Himalayas

When we heard we were coming to the Himalayas, we had visions of snow capped mountains, sherpas and maybe even altitude sickness.  OK, the latter we could do without.  So  when we got off the train at Haridwar, it was a little disappointing to see what in comparison were rolling hills.  And definitely no snow.  The disappointment faded quickly as we drove on those “hill’s” winding cliffs on a daily basis. 

Typical Mountain Road

Typical Mountain Road-It is Best Not to Look Out the Window

 So on our last day we didn’t mind getting up at 5 am to see the sunrise over the Himalayas we had dreamed about.  After taking cars up an 11 kilometer path (our bus couldn’t fit on the road), we walked up 300 steps to a beautiful Hindu temple. 

Kunjapuri Temple

Kunjupuri Temple at Sunrise

After waiting for about 30 minutes, sipping the absolute best tea ever-a ginger, lemon, honey, mint recipe that Ananda creates, and enjoying some muffins, it was truly incredible to see the sun come over the mountains, of which we like to think were Tibet.  We know we were looking in the right direction, but hard to say that we could see all the way there.  It didn’t matter.  The sunrise was incredible.  All of a sudden, the sun peaked up over the horizon, and then slowly and steadily rose until it was just there all the time.  Beautiful!

Sunrise on our last day in the Himalayas

Sunrise on our last day in the Himalayas

 Just as exciting was looking to the North and seeing what we had hope for since we arrived in the Himalayas.  The snow capped mountains.  True, they were in the distance, there were no sherpas, and I don’t think we could see K2 or Mount Everest.  It didn’t matter.  How many people are lucky enough to see the snow capped mountains of the Himalayas even from a distance.  We were thrilled.
Snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas.
Snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas.

As if that wasn’t zen enough, Marc lead yet another meditation session at the temple,  as he did almost daily at Ananda.  It completed the morning. 

Morning Meditation with Marc

Morning meditation at Ananda with Marc

Sadly, it was time to leave Ananda.  Although were all happy to be going home soon to our families, it was hard to leave this side of the world, a place unlike any other.  Where else do you see peacocks and moneys roaming wild while wearing white Kurta Pyjamas and being wished a constant namaste by all those who past.  I can’t imagine where else that would happen, but it would be worth visiting, or hopefully coming back. 

Beautiful Ananda

Beautiful Ananda

Monkeying Around At Ananda

Monkeying Around At Ananda

Team in Kurta Pyjamas

The Team Shares a Moment of Zen Moment in Kurta Pyjamas


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