For my mid year holiday, I chose Ladakh. I was contemplating Japan for a while, return tickets from Mumbai are as low as 19k right now, but convincing my parents would have been an uphill task, and considering that much in my life is de novo right now, I chose the easier option. Albeit, no less expensive.
I understand Buddhism more than any other tenet. No dogmas, no crippling rules, no discrimination, just little practical advice. Thoughts on impermanence of life, interdependence of everything and the non duality of nature. Ladakh, being the seat of a thriving Buddhist population, should give me a peek into their culture. Plus, I hear it is unimaginably beautiful.
To prepare myself, I am reading Ancient Futures and The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – each of which I must admit is not only very interesting, but infinitely calming. I cannot explain it.