By Kory Goldberg, Michelle Décary
This distinct guidebook offers sensible and encouraging info for meditators who plan to go to the sacred websites the place the Buddha lived and taught in India and Nepal. The booklet bargains a wealthy anthology of reports when it comes to all the pilgrimage websites attached to the Buddha's lifestyles and instructing, in addition to important maps, artistic art, and non secular narratives from skilled tourists. each one web site access contains insider info and counsel with unique descriptions of transportation, lodging, and native food; recommended tours and actions within the area; and highlights of tested Vipassana mediation facilities most suitable to deal with vacationing meditators.
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It’s good to travel with many passport-sized photos for visa applications, long course applications and other official purposes (like sticking one on the Peace Planet in Bodhgayā). It’s much cheaper to have passport-sized photos done in India, especially if you photocopy them. Or make many copies of the best snapshots taken from your own camera. If you want to stay a few more months, you need to leave India and go to an Indian embassy or consulate in another country to apply for a new visa. By land you can go to Nepal, Pakistan or Bangladesh.
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The single traveller is much freer to make decisions, cancel them at the last minute, or decide to join a group on a side-trip. On the other hand, it’s cheaper to travel with a buddy, sharing the costs of rickshaws and double rooms. It’s also safer while in trains: for example, your friend can watch your bags when you suddenly have to visit the loo for the umpteenth time. Women Travellers India is a safe country for women, even when travelling alone. Of course, there will be times when you feel that your freedom is restricted compared to that of your male friends.
Along the Path. The Meditator's Companion to the Buddha's Land by Kory Goldberg, Michelle Décary