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From here the Pilgrimage took its final journey from Rajasthan to Gujarat, across the desert plains, to the spiritual home of the Kripalvanandaji Lineage. The first stop was the ashram and temple complex at Kayavarohan, where the staff know some of our family very well. Hari (insert universal sign language for ‘very tall’) and Giridhar (universal sign language for ‘broad shouldered’) were the topic of conversation for hours. We made it in time for evening aarti and a simple meal before bed.

Kayavarohan Temple.

Bapuji was indeed smiling, as his sense of humor was clearly involved for the short trip to Malav Ashram and the Mahasamdhi Temple. Exiting the bus, Shambhu recognized a few of his colleagues from the Amrit Yoga Institute, now in residence in the ashram dormitories. Malav is the perfect spot to culminate a journey through India.

Pilgrims at Malav Ashram.
Kripalu Mahasamadhi Temple.

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Jai Bhagwan,
Shambhu

Our next stop to the west was Jaipur, the famed Pink City. Known for its textiles, thriving jewelry industry, and its fast growing population of expats. The group visited on of the last remaining traditional block printing fabric shops, as well as India’s #2 tourist attraction the Amber Fort where a few of our participants got to ride an elephant up the long steep “driveway.”

Pilgrims making textiles.

Pushkar, is another small town, off the normal sight-seeing routes. A tiny lake ringed by temples, it’s home to one of the only Brahma Temples in all of India. Bustling with activity, as the days we were there was the culmination of Navaratri, Indian New year. And when in Pushkar, a sunset camel ride into the desert is always in order.

Puskar camel ride.
Puskar at night.

From the holy lake city of Pushkar, to the City of Lakes Udaipur, or the Venice of the East was our next stop. Visits to the City Palace, where Shambhu had a chat with an international rug dealer from Kashmir. The group watched a cultural program showcasing many of the traditional dances and songs or Rajasthan. And another boat ride at sunset to round out the days.

Udaipur Lake at sunset.

More to come,
Shambhu