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Visit to Roji-en, Japanese garden in Delray Beach, Florida

Visit to Roji-en, Japanese garden in Delray Beach, Florida

by Niraj Lama February 24, 2019 0 Comments

"Strolling through a pine forest or bamboo grove, viewing the rock formations, arrangement of plants, and cascading waterfalls, pausing to ponder the quiet surface of the lake and the shoreline - little by little we are encouraged to lay aside the chaos of a troubled world and gently nurture the capacity within to hear a more harmonious, universal rhythm…This is the tremendous power the Japanese gardens at Morikami Park hold for us." - Hoichi Kurisu, Master Garden Designer of Roji-en.

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Toronto Tea Festival, 2019

Toronto Tea Festival, 2019

by Niraj Lama February 03, 2019 0 Comments

After nine years of residing in Rochester, I finally crossed over to the other side of Ontario Lake, to get to the Canadian city of Toronto - thanks to its annual tea festival. For the efforts - which included an early rise and a hangover from the polar vortex of the century - we were richly rewarded. Our day trip was filled with many cups of warm wonderful teas, encounters with equally warm tea enthusiasts, and topped off by a documentary on Darjeeling tea! 

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A visit to Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden

A visit to Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden

by Niraj Lama November 21, 2015 0 Comments

It was pandemonium at the Indo-Nepal border: long lines of trucks stalled on the Indian side, crowd milling through haywire traffic, groups of angry men yelling, motorists pounding on their horns, determined families dragging their children and luggage, garbage and dust flying all over.

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Travel India Diaries 2014 - IV (Prayers)

by Niraj Lama October 18, 2014 0 Comments

One of the main reasons for my recent trip to India was to attend my father's “barsi” - his first death anniversary ceremony. These rituals officially mark the end of the mourning period for the bereaved family, and invoke Chenrizig, the goddess of compassion, for the liberation of all souls.

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Travel Diaries India 2014 -III (Home)

by Niraj Lama October 10, 2014 0 Comments

Dawn breaks over Sukna, a small village in the foothills of Darjeeling. This is where my mother lives. This is where I was born 40 years ago, when elephants used to trundle down the dirt road in front of our house. Times have changed. Now young men walk the dusty lanes transfixed onto their cell phones just like anywhere else in the world.

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Travel Diaries India 2014 -11 (Dussehra)

by Niraj Lama October 05, 2014 0 Comments

In my previous post I mentioned Dussehra, the biggest Hindu festival of India, which happened to be underway as I arrived in the country. Traveling eastwards, where Darjeeling is located, I fortuitously moved into the epicentre of the celebrations - West Bengal, the "home" of Goddess Durga.

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Travel Diaries India 2014 - I

by Niraj Lama October 03, 2014 0 Comments

kEverytime I return to India it is as if I have never left. A few moments after emerging from the airport, I am swept into the heat, dust and chaos that feels so familiar that I soon forget there is anything else but that.

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Summer Travels I: In Lipton's hometown

by Niraj Lama September 04, 2013 0 Comments

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