And There I Was Volume IX: A Backpacking Adventure in India by DH Koester

By DH Koester

Sidhartha and the Forgotten Lands of India

In 2007 the writer launched into his 9th and ultimate trip of the And There i used to be series—Incredible India. starting in mythical Kolkata, maneuver your means via one of many world’s greatest teach stations, domestic to tens of millions of homeless boys residing in tunnels and sewage pipes underneath its flooring. go back and forth via rail to the world’s Buddhist pilgrimage middle at Bodhgaya the place Sidhartha struggled for and attained enlightenment. go through Patna at the mom Ganga, domestic to 2 of history’s maximum figures—Chandragupta and Ashoka. input the lofty realm of the Himalayas at Mirik and carry viewers with a high-ranking Tibetan monk in a monastery excessive above an emerald lake. conflict in your existence within the depressing climes of Darjeeling, get better within the state of Sikkim and get well within the heat of an idyllic tea area and town of Kalimpong. Attend the solemn memorial carrier for a fallen soldier and examine the futility of struggle then push directly to India’s distant NE states and the powerful Brahmaputra. within the kingdom of Meghalaya, the “Abode of the Clouds,” stopover at the rainiest spot on the earth and a urban that lives for song on my own. prior to leaving India, spend time with a low caste relatives in a village outdoors Kolkata and study the that means of compassion. ultimately, witness first-hand the dichotomies in lifestyles via first vacationing mom Teresa’s domestic for the loss of life then braving the outstretched palms of the world’s such a lot unique and inviting prostitutes.

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