India & The Himalayas, words and images by Natalie Allen

Once in a lifetime we are given an opportunity like this...

Hello there!

I’m Natalie Allen. Twenty-something dreamer and dooer who’s running with the wolves. Forever pained with curiosity from a terrible case of wanderlust. The main purpose of our expedtion in India was to conduct medical-anthropolgical research on Ayurveda medicine within the Himalayan mountains of Himachal Pradesh. A team of 30+ students, professors, and doctors gathered our talents to set up travel clinics set in a variety of different villages, settlements, and monasteries throughout the northern crevasse of the country.

During our journey, we had the opportunity to investigate local history, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalisation, monastic life, and local healthcare. In addition, through trekking and camping in remote areas, we observed the interconnectedness of the magnificent natural environment with a daily local existence. This first-hand experience was accompanied by daily yoga & meditation sessions in infamous high mountain tops.
It was, without a doubt, the most magical trip I’ve ever dreamed of taking. A true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It has destined me for greater future accomplishments than I ever could have imagined on my own. And it’s only the beginning. Watch out, world.

 

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A snake charmer in the bust streets of Manali, India

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The main source of transportation for the busy street ways

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Our view outside the tent in Kullu Valley

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Peacefully observed a group of monks practice for their debate class

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Outside a Tibetan Monastary in Kullu Valley, India

This Temple dog was suppose to keep watch of said temple, but he decided that sleep was more important

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A sweet gal in the streets of Bir, India

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A window selfie of me in my best attire outside of our beautiful guesthouse in Bir

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The stray dogs own the busy streets high up in the mountains. This sweet, lovely lady

The road to the Himalayan Badlands

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Trekking the backwoods of Billings Pass

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Our group of hikers mixed in with Himalayan Pastoralists on the side of Billings Pass

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The dark, misty mountains of Billings Pass

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Trekking through Billings Pass high in the sky with beautiful company. Our feet were sore and blistered between our sweaty socks; but with views like this, all that little stuff didn’t even matter

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Our group’s base camp just outside of Barot Village

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One of the best camping spots I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time in

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Exqusite colors and textures in every nook and cranny of India

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Dharmsala, India. A wonderful treat for low-bugdet travelers!

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A monk taking a reading break outside of a temple in Dharmsala, India

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