This Is India – Part 3


January 10th– 13th, 2016, The Sattva Spa and Wellness Retreat, Rishikesh, India

Here we go again back to the airport!  I flew from Bhubaneswar to Delhi and then Dehra Dun so I could reach The Sattva which was going to be my safe haven and place to let go of stress.  But first, let’s go back to the airport…

After checking in I loaded my luggage onto the belt and watched the numbers climb like my scale at home.  Before they could tell me it’s over, I said it first.  They directed me to the location to pay for my excess baggage which I did and suddenly I was having flashbacks of math class which gave me heart palpitations 😛  I couldn’t even imagine what the end bill would be after all the airports I’ll be going through.  I was not allowed to check my bags all the way to Dehra Dun, they made me get my luggage in Delhi and do the entire process and payments again there too.

That’s where things got weird.

At Delhi there was a kind young man who tried to help me decrease my excess baggage weight by shifting some things into an extra bag I had.  He quickly unzipped my flashy colorful suitcase, I burst out laughing and turned 50 shades of red because I completely forgot about things in that suitcase…ahem…unmentionables and my bathroom bags were flying around and getting stuffed in a bag by a complete stranger.  I thought men were shy here?  Apparently not everyone.  His intentions were good trying to save me money and at this point I didn’t care what he saw, I was on the same mission he was.  Then I thought, wow, this is India.  I thanked him, paid him some Rupees and I was off like the wind to security.  Yes you guessed it, another line up of ladies and gents and I watched my water bottle sail on through to the other side.  My goodness, this is India!

Being a female foreigner solo traveler, I have many strikes against me as far as being a target or having several people gazing at me and I mean long gazing.  I just carry on and do my thing 😀

After arriving in Dehra Dun it was dark outside and I had a driver waiting for me from the retreat.  It was another 1.5 hour drive to get there and the roads were twisty, unguarded and full of fallen rocks.  Monkeys also lined the roads and they were just hanging out watching the cars go by, honking their horns of course.

The staff at The Sattva were very welcoming and offered me supper right away in my room with some Masala Chai.  Yum!  The temperature was cooler, at night it was +3 C and in the day around +16 C.  After going to bed early and having a great sleep, I woke up in the morning and opened the curtains to see my view.  I thought I was in paradise and I suddenly felt very peaceful.

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The package I took was called The Rasa and it included yoga and meditation each day, 3 vegetarian meals per day, 2 spa treatments per day every day (that’s right) and many other perks.  I really enjoyed the yoga and Ayurvedic treatments which consisted of full body massage and scrub, hot oil local treatments, hot oil hair treatments, head massage and foot massage.  After every treatment I would lay in the steam room and then take a shower after.  This is definitely India.

I wrote in my diary that is pictured at the beginning which was a gift from my dad for Christmas.  Each day I have been keeping track of my goings on as well as my thoughts and feelings.  This was a great place to let the stress go away and never return again.  I was completely on my own during this time and I had the chance to reflect on what I want and what I don’t want in my life.  There’s a quote I wrote awhile back and lately I’ve been looking at it daily to help remind me how to be strong.

“Sometimes you have to give up on people.  Not because you don’t care but because they don’t.  A person’s actions will tell you everything you need to know.  Love yourself enough to say goodbye to those who don’t make time for you or know how to love you back.  Let go of what hurts, even if it hurts to let go.”  ~ Jennifer Juneau

Unfortunately, I received some sad news during this time and the mom of my very close blogging friend Bhavya became sick and needed to be in hospital.  This meant Bhavya had to fly home to her mom and be with her which was completely understandable.  Both of us were sad that we couldn’t meet because we had been texting daily about this visit for months.  I urged her to go and we would keep in contact which we did and still do.  Her nickname is chicwithmessybun and her blog site is called Pages From My Diary.  Please check her out she is such an amazing girl.  We will see each other soon honey bun, I miss you.  Xoxo

I was able to juggle things around with my flights and itinerary and I decided to go back to Bhubaneswar to see some temples that I didn’t have time to see before.  I told Darshith I was coming back and he was happy to hear that so we planned to meet again at some point during my second unexpected visit.

I felt completely rejuvenated and relaxed after being at The Sattva.  I met other single women who were guests there from USA, Italy, Peru and Mexico and we would usually see each other over breakfast outside by the pool.  The staff were so helpful and respectful because they would allow you to roam around on your own schedule and just connect with nature again.  I read my book Brida quite a bit and did some journaling to clear my mind.  I was so happy I had this added in the middle of my trip because it was exactly what I needed for my mind, body and soul.  Here is a picture of my yoga instructor who had the nicest voice and was really great in teaching me new yoga moves.  The other picture is the adorable spa girl who did all my treatments and put me in a trans.  She has the best fingers and hands in the entire world and I am forever grateful to her.  I highly recommend this beautiful spot if you get the chance to go.

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Time to endure another adventurous rocky road drive back to the airport with my excess baggage, water bottle and peace of mind.

Stay tuned for part 4 out of 6….coming soon….

Much Love,


58 thoughts on “This Is India – Part 3

  1. What lovely, enjoyable and colourful travel blogging talent you have, Jen ❤ I love reading each and every line you write. Every time you finish, I'm yearning to know more and more. You have mean cliffhangers 😛

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    • Deepika I love your comment it made me laugh and smile 😀 Thank you so much for liking my “mini series” of my trip it’s great to have you here following along with me. The cliffhangers are part of the fun 😛

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      • Haha, you’re welcome, Jen ❤ I'm enjoying the ride with you 😉 The descriptions are so picturesque. I've never been to North India so much and the sites you've been to sound extremely interesting that I'm hoping to visit them the next chance I get to go up there 😉 Looking forward to the next part ❤ Keep going 😍👍

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      • Hey Deepika thanks for joining me on the ride 😀 It’s so fun to read your comments! Next time I come to India we definitely have to meet 😀 What part of India are you in? I hope you can visit the northern part one day ❤

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      • ❤ Glad you enjoy my comments as much as I love your travel blog, Jen 🙂 Sure we'll definitely meet up some day 🙂 I'm from South India, by the way. Yeah I do wish I can go up North soon. It's been a long time 🙂

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      • I have met some people from the southern part as well and in my last post you will possibly know him too!! 😉 I also heard from NJ that you have written a novel already! That’s amazing, big congrats to you ❤

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      • Thank you so much, Jen ❤ And Neerja Di ❤ It means a lot. I wrote it when I was seventeen, a teen fiction titled Dance Dream and released it at a book launch in my final year of college, the venue being the college auditorium. It was such a memorable day and my college friends and family members got tears in their eyes when I reached the mike and spoke on it ❤ A golden day. I'm writing a series of five books now, all part of a single saga, which I'm struggling to publish 😀 Hopefully I'll be able to get it out before 2016 ends *fingers crossed*

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      • Deepika you are a girl on fire! I love people like yourself and WOW! Publishing a book at 17 you’re my hero. Did you blog about that memorable day because I would love to read about it. When your new series is released let me know and I will buy it all. ❤ Keep writing sweetheart ❤

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      • Oh my God 😀 You’re making me blush, Jen ❤ Technically, I was nineteen when I published it 😀 No, babe, I didn't make a blog post on it, I started my site only during New Year, you see 🙂 But now that you're enthusiastic about it, I'll definitely write on it ❤ I'm a little tight on my books at the moment so it may take time, but I'll definitely do it ❤ As for my series, pray it gets published soon 😀 I'm going through the 'Rejections Everywhere I Turn' phase every author cannot escape from 😀 I'm done with three books and six chapters on book four right now 🙂 I'll definitely notify you the second book one gets published, dear ❤ Thank you so very much for your strong support, you have no idea how much I'm grateful for it ❤ Much love ❤

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      • Blushing is good, we have something in common 😉 Keep at it, you can do it! There’s a saying “the squeeky wheel gets the oil” so keep bugging these publishers! I’ll be keeping my eye on you 😉

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      • Oh I blush a lot! High five, babe! 😍 And I’m a stubborn little monkey 😉 😛 I won’t stop pestering the publishing houses or literary agencies until I get the mail ‘Deepika, I/we have decided to represent/publish your work’ 😀 My mother, though she doesn’t show it much for my sake, gets very sad each time I show her a rejection mail, and said we could maybe try self-publishing but I shook my head going ‘No way’. I’m gonna get myself a publisher or agent even if it’s the last thing I do 😀 Thank you so much for your support, Jen ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. Love you babe.. missed you terribly.. I am soooooo happy my superwoman had such a great experience.. n yes.. This is India.. The most adorably weird diverse place you’ll ever see.. can’t wait to read about the rest of your trip.. See you soon my love.. ❤

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    • Sweet little Bhavya, I missed you too terribly 😦 You live in a beautiful country and yes This Is Your India and it was great for me to get a taste of it myself in more ways than one 😛 I’ll keep writing over the weekend so you can know the rest of the story and yes, we’ll see each other soon ❤

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  3. Yet another interesting post ❤ I am loving the way your big bottle is traveling with your extra luggage 😉 I am so happy that you had the peace you desired so much ❤ I think your sattava stay must have brought much more love and compassion to your heart ❤ Because your quotes speak aloud that you have forgiven those whom once you considered guilty 🙂 And forgiveness is the first step towards peace and greatness 🙂

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  4. Glad you had the best time in Hills…Even in ancient times people used to retreat to hills for regaining sanity and peace. Love the way you described your whole journey.

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    • Jackie I am impressed with your immediate loyalty! Thank you for reading half the series in one sitting. Rishikesh is amazing you should visit it one day. You are in South India? It is already on my list for next time so I’ll let you know for later. South India looks awesome and I can’t wait to see it too. You too have a great time 🙂


  5. I know I am flooding with comments, but the series is just amazing. Small experiences and observations of yours is fun to read 🙂 I am just back recently from Uttarakhand too (I had stationed myself at a place some 100kms away from Dehradun amid the himalayas and tranquility) I can vouch that there isn’t anything more amazing an experience 🙂 Lovely series Jenny

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    • Hahahaha…you can flood your comments here anytime my friend! 😀 Your appreciation means a lot and I had so many fun experiences there. Wow, I remember seeing signs for Uttarakhand, so you were also in that beautiful himalayas area. I felt so peaceful there. 🙂 I’ll be back in India during Feb 2017! 😛 This time in the south so I’ll be blogging about that later on in March so stay tuned!! 😉

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      • Now, I can write comments all i want then 😀 Yes, Himalayas have that charm to enthrall you. Welcome back to India again 🙂 I already have 3 more to read in the series. yay! I will have more fun posts to read in March 🙂

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