Taking some time out in India

Morning warm-up

For as long as I can remember, I've been dreaming of a trip to India – the home of the Himalayas, Hinduism and the Ganges. There was so much that appealed to me about the country. So when I took up yoga, I was even more determined to take a trip there.

I stayed at one of the top yoga centres located just outside Delhi – every detail of the resort was designed for true relaxation and cultural inspiration. I spent an entire week taking two Ashtanga yoga classes a day, learning to synch my breathing to my movements more fluidly.

And when I wasn't perfecting my yoga, I wandered around trying delicious foods and took in the culture with fellow yogis and our instructors. One night as I was just about

to head out for dinner, I bumped into the centre's master yogi (although she would never refer to herself as such) and did what any student would do – ask her to join me for dinner. She was old but in no way frail, yoga really does keep you younger for longer. I chose a very well-known vegetarian restaurant just down the street and over the greatest Indian food I've ever tasted she told me everything she had learned about yoga. Luckily I had my American Express Cathay Pacific Elite Credit Card with me because the bill was a lot more than what I had in my pocket. I find it safer not to carry around too much cash in foreign places.

After my one-week Ashtanga yoga course, I decided to travel to Jaipur and I arrived just in time for the beginning of Holi, a spring festival that lasts for 16 days where they throw coloured powder and water at each other. An experience like this is the essence of a trip to India – spontaneous and memorable. And let's just say my whites have never been so 'colourful'.

I've never been on a trip quite like this. It was truly inspirational and was a great way to relax while taking in a new way of life. I left India feeling renewed and inspired to share my new found happiness. What better way to start than to surprise my wife with a little gift from the inflight
shopping magazine. Needless to say she loved it, and I loved the miles I earned on that purchase –
2 Asia Miles for every HK$5.

Travel Tips:

Cathay Pacific Airways operates direct flights to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport daily. Flight duration is about 6 hours.

India was one of the most eye-opening and inspiring trips of my entire life! - Jason

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