Over 5000 years the quest to spirituality has been a constant rouse for explorers across the world when they happened to arrive to India! That has always been a very important phenomenon of the Indian culture and will always be considering India has been a spiritual land which has phenomenally grown as a country that shares it’s warmth to travelers across the world.
Despite that more recently, there has been a troubling side of it, being the repressive rules, the hypocritical approach of many folks irrespective of gender and the lack of a lot of awareness to global etiquette while interacting with travelers across the world. While India always has brought a spiritual quest to many travelers and explorers there always are political considerations and factors in play that aspire towards a more fundamental leaning towards agendas that are meant to control chaos and simply construed as against ‘our Indian culture’ it is simply a fact that many fail to address or simply choose to ignore!
But as a traveler, a travel blogger and most importantly an Indian, I’d like to say, that no matter what you do there are always two sides to this coin! And the change that is happening, is largely driven by an undercurrent of changing global economy as well as cultural shift in the paradigm of the world. In light of that, there are some interesting aspects of India, that I’ve found amusing as always, as a traveler, and while I’d relate to the thought and reasoning behind these small things, it’s ironic that while you go out there in the world probably imposing endless restrictions upon citizens on matters that are as trivial as what we should eat, what we should watch or whom should we there is a plethora of two faced approach where in the name of religion anything goes.
Spirituality for us is not significant in the blindness that conquers the rationale of our country, but opens our eyes towards progression and a far larger understanding of what we should be as human beings. As always, religion as such is an instrument used by people who in their quest to power try to conveniently cite, state unless they find value in people who are willing to apostatize their beliefs for their convenience.
To me, travel has certainly broadened my horizon to a greater extent. Travel has given me a perspective that is far wider and different if you were to compare it to a reason of meaning and belief that exists if you haven’t as much. Having said that, there has been the element of tolerance and contempt that conflict my thoughts every time I put on my backpack when I traverse across the country. Every different situation in different regions of the country either inspire me or bring me to a new low that I have probably never imagined. On most trips, I’m either enlightened or completely thrown back into stone age. But no matter what I do, where I go, there is one strong belief that I have which enriches everything about my travel experience. It’s the meandering quest towards a sense of calm and invigorating tryst towards experiencing spirituality despite not knowing the inclination towards it’s religious associations. There are no boundaries when it comes to spirituality especially when you are traversing not just across locations but beliefs that hold true to achieving a greater high, which is far more important than trivial matters of existence.
Travel reaches out to your spiritual roots to find art, imagination, a sense of purpose within history, heritage,nature, food, people, and magical souls that gives you that wider horizon of reality that exists out there in the world. Here are a few pictures that have captured my imagination leaning towards a spiritual belief of a simple admonishing fact that everything aside, Travel is that dose of medicine, that spiritual reality of my existence, that purpose of my life in this world that is constantly exclaiming to crave for more of such experiences across the beautiful country of ours! It is that singular belief, which, when, all said and done reaffirms and assures me that there is still hope…