PLACE: Palolem Beach, Goa
NOTORIOUS: beach-side escape
NEAREST AIRPORT: GOI, Darbolim Airport
COORDINATES: 15°00′36″N 74°01′24″E
CURRENCY: Indian Rupee
Goa. 63 miles of coastline along the Arabian Sea. India. You might think hippies, hedonism and all-night dance parties – I think yoga retreats, quaint beaches, lush jungle and concealed ancient temples. We’d both agree: magic.
The best way to get here is to fly into Mumbai and switch to a domestic airline. Apparently the hardest part of trip planning is deciding to go North or South. I say South, because it’s less developed (obviously). Either way, Palolem, Agonda and Patnem in the south, and Arambol, Mandrem and Anjuna in the north, are the hubs for yoga and Ayurveda retreats. This one in Patnem made The Guardian’s top 10 yoga retreats in the world. Although, this one on the Mandrem river in the North looks pretty epic as well.Can’t wait to visit.
PLACE: Lotus Temple
LOCATION: New Delhi, India
NOTORIOUS: Modern Spiritual Architechture
NEAREST AIRPORT: IGI, New Delhi Airport (24 minutes by car)
COORDINATES: 28.5531° N, 77.2587° E
CURRENCY: Indian rupee
The Bahai House of Worship, more commonly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape, was designed by Iranian-Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba. Like all other Bahá’í centers of worship, this temple is open to all religious denominations. It has now attracted over 50 million visitors, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world. How am I so late to the game?
Inside the main hall lies the secret of the Lotus Temple – the Unifying spirits of Mankind, where people from all religion unite in search of the Almighty. The Bahá’í laws also stipulate that only the holy scriptures of the Bahá’í Faith and other religions can be read or chanted inside in any language. While readings and prayers can be set to music by choirs, no musical instruments can be played inside. Also, no sermons can be delivered and there can be no ritualistic ceremonies practiced inside.
Been to the Lotus Temple? What’s it like? I wanna hear about it!