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21. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

Hi Mel, thanks for the examples. It does help to know what you based those comments on.

22. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting arif_kool

Just to add one more thing.... Since ur a solo female traveller avoid visiting the Ashrams as these are infested with people having perverted mind
Arif

Arif, the wikipedia, on the internet gives the following defination for Ashram.
Are they not like this?

Today, the term ashram is usually used to refer to an intentional community formed primarily for spiritual upliftment of its members, often headed by a religious leader or mystic.

23. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Well, let me see.
Anyway, I think I will quit telling 'lies', or anything else about India. This is around the 5th thread, where I have seen this sort of aggrivation, since I joined TP. I have been called a liar, exaggerater, rascist by too many Indian members of TP. And I have seen them launch the same abuse at other members of TP.

Agree with you that there seems to be alot of personal attacks in here lately. It's a shame, as far as i'm concerned, this is a discussion forum, if you cant discuss, then dont join.

Anyway, its good to share stories with other travellers and they dont need to be REAL REAL first hand experience kinda stories cos ultimately, each one of us makes his/her own conclusions about things.

Enough said, thanks to everyone's contribution, I know have a better idea of what it entails travelling in India.

Cheers!

24. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

;)

25. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Arif, the wikipedia, on the internet gives the following defination for Ashram.
Are they not like this?

Today, the term ashram is usually used to refer to an intentional community formed primarily for spiritual upliftment of its members, often headed by a religious leader or mystic.

Mel,

the above definition of an ashram is in the ideal sense.

But in India, u will find thousands of Ashrams spread over the length and breadth of the country. some of them may be genuine but majority of them of headed by people who are corrupt, selfish and seeking sexual favours. If u go to Manali in the Himalayas, u will find hundred of such so-called ashram, the inmates of which are always under the influence of drugs, majority of whom are foreigners mostly from Israel. Maybe, they seek spiritual upliftment by drugging themselves;)

But i promise u if u come to india i will find a better Ashram for u:)

Cheers
Arif

26. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Anyway, I think I will quit telling 'lies', or anything else about India. This is around the 5th thread, where I have seen this sort of aggrivation, since I joined TP. I have been called a liar, exaggerater, rascist by too many Indian members of TP. And I have seen them launch the same abuse at other members of TP.
In future, I will find my information in the Lonely Planet, or on the internet, and others can ask questions here, if they want. It is a pity, that I have to make this decision, because I like India, and intend to travel there again.

Mel

Mel:)

I have high regard for u. I read ur earlier posts in this thread and didnt find anything wrong in that. While pointing out to the problems that ail Indian tourism, u also mentioned that India is incredible and it is an experience not to be missed.

Ur not a liar and i certainly want to see more of ur posts in Asia forum especially the Indian thread

Cheers:)
Arif

27. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Arif.:)

I will post here, but I will be careful what I post, for the sake of peace. There is PM, afterall.

Yes, India is the most incredible place I have even been. I would not miss the experience, because of the few annoyances that I might encounter there. They are part of the whole experience anyway. One can get good at dealing with and/or avoiding them.

Mel

28. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting arif_kool

Maybe, they seek spiritual upliftment by drugging themselves;)

I think, they probably are just looking for a cheap place to stay, and nothing spiritual at all.
The Ashrams are probably much cheaper to stay at, than the hotels.
It is another one of those things, about travelling in India. It is addictive, so foreigners should know when to leave. Some completely lose the plot. I met a French guy there, who had been there for 40 years. He was begging off foreigners, in the streets. He could have come back to Europe and earned enough money, with just about any job, to enable him to travel frequently to India.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 3, 2007, at 12:36 AM by Mel. ]

29. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Mel,

I agree with u that cheap accomodation might be one of the reasons for many travellers taking refuge in Ashrams.

I was once on a full day cruise in Kerala backwaters from Kollam to Alleppy. There is a beautiful Ashram in the middle of backwaters. I saw many foreigners alighting from the boat to reach the ashram. That indeed was situated in a relaxing atmosphere.

U had mentioned once that u wanna visit Kerala. I highly recommend that

Arif

30. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Next time, I will fly into Delhi.
Then I will visit whatever is near there. :)

Speaking of which, does anybody know, at what time of the year, are the tickets to India cheapest?