Agra and the breathtaking Taj Mahal

We left Delhi for Agra, by train. An intense ride where the train rolled over a motorbike, a piece blew away the window of,my row, the train had to stop. I had pieces of glass all over my hair, a man was bleeding a little. India is always an adventure!

Did you know that the Taj Mahal is the Tomb of love? Built by Shah Jahan for him and his wife Mumtaz, who passed away while giving birth to their 14th child.

A love story that deserves a Hollywood movie. He met her when he was visiting a market anonymously. She was watching a necklace, he bought it for her. They’ve been married for 20 years.

Right before she died, she asked that when the time comes they will be buried together. So he built the Taj Mahal, where they are both still buried.

In Agra, pay a visit to the Red fort as well. Beautiful monument from the moguls era.

An interesting note for us yogis, it’s forbidden to practice yoga inside the Taj.

Delhi, a fascinating city.

Honestly, we were expecting the worse for our first time in India. Everybody has something to say about it: rude people, dead bodies in the street, scary stray dogs, but also good things about how it is fascinating. And it really is fascinating.

Yes it is dirty but we were expecting worse, some part of the city are totally fancy and hip, we had lunch in a place name Social in a hip part of Delhi, amazing fusion food, and obviously in this country I can find many vegetarians options!

We started in the morning by visiting the biggest mosque of the city and a rickshaw ride in the old Delhi. I absolutely loved it. It is so typical with thousand of people everywhere, good and bad smells, so many colors, people honking everywhere, all your senses are awake. It could be overwhelming but so fun! I highly recommend the rickshaw ride in the Old Delhi.

People are nice most of the time. ( seriously the rudest people were the staff of our fancy botel). Our guide told us what kind of clothes not to wear (no short pants, no short skirt..) so we won’t be provocative.

Regarding stray dogs, one of our retreat mate was bitten the first day and had to receive a rabies shot… So I have to refrain petting every dogs I see, and it’s not easy as they are so cute and everywhere.

We left Delhi this morning to Agra, by train. A scary experience that I’ll explain in my next post.

Namaskar from India.

Dubai, a friendly destination for people with a healthy living

I would never have picked Dubai as a destination, but we had a stop there on our way to India, so we’ve decided to stay 2 days to check what was going on in that famous city.

Our first impression was that the airport was super crowded and the staff not super friendly. When you go out it’s a very interesting place that mixes tradition and modernity.

Some parts of the city might make you think of Manhattan but with more friendly and patient people. Speaking of patience, it is a quality you will have to have as everything is taking more time than in Europe.

What to do:

⁃ I’m not a shopper but if you’re into this you will find everything. They have big malls everywhere

⁃ The souks:: Gold souk, spices souk, old souk, they all are in the old Dubai, and if you’re in search of traditionnel stuff, I highly recommend it.

⁃ Enjoy the beaches: Ok let’s be honest, they are not the prettiest beaches in the world, but the water is clear, although polluted by all the boats, jet sky, tankers, that cruise in front of Dubai.

⁃ The desert: It was definitely the highlight of my trip, but I have to admit I’m a desert girl. The sand has a beautiful color, the dunes are pretty, the sunset is unbelievable…. But it’s dirty. It always makes me sad that most of people can’t do a simple thing as picking up their trash after them, it’s so simple and helps our planet to stay gorgeous…

You have many other things to do such as the dancing fountains at night anear the famous Burj khalifa ( tallest building in the world) or take a pick at the burj al arab 7 stars hotel, or indoor skiing, or sky diving… Everything is possible in Dubai.

A healthy living in Dubai

Food:

I have to confess, as a vegetarian, I was a little bit worried about the food. I was wrong. There are many vegetarians and vegan options in the restaurants (more than in my country), there are vegan and/or organic places as well such as:

– Comptoir 102 on Jumeirah street (also a nice concept store)

Yogawise I was thrilled to find this cute studio :

– Yoga la vie. A very friendly yoga place . I took an amazing swing (aerial yoga) class there with Gisele, a super sweet and talented Brazilian girl, the best aerial yoga class I’ve ever taken. The studio also has a few yoga clothes, yoga mats, and props on sale.

Yoga la vie is located at the Golden mile on Jumeirah palm (building 10 Galleria 2), you can check their schedule and book online at yoga la vie Dubai

I had a really nice time in Dubai, a destination I thought I would not like. As we didn’t stay long we took a tour the first day and were amused by the pride they have for their country, there is always something better, higher, stronger, or in the Guinness book of records, I would say that the only thing they are lacking of, is humility…..

Now, on our way to New Delhi, India, for, I assume, a total different atmosphere.