Author: Iris

Breakfast at the Taj


For all of you in the Northeast today … sorry! We warned you!

I am on the Taj patio having another heavenly breakfast before our second day of touring. High today a perfect 82 degrees.

All of Mumbai was out yesterday for Republic Day – the beach was crowded all night.

Did you know that Indians do not go to the beach during the day?

Enjoy the snow!



We are very excited to be returning to India for our 2015 tour, leaving today with a wonderful group of people.

Howard and I are in full planning mode… organizing our next tour for January 2017.

Imagine! Mumbai, Cochin, the Backwaters of Kerala. Plus Extension tours available to the Taj Mahal and the Golden Triangle.

Great food, wonderful company!  Yes, even YOGA on the beach!

JOIN US in January 2017.   3000 Years of Jewish India!!

China: Leaving the Comfort Zone

Kidnapped Nigerian Girls seen on videoWhy do we go to places ‘less traveled by’?

Sometimes we are forced, as the horrified world believes has happened to young Nigerian school girls –

Nigerian Girls Seen in Video From Militants

But most of the time, if we are brave, we take steps to stretch our comfort zone willingly.

Yes, it’s easier (although not necessarily cheaper) to take the kids to Disney World.

Yes, it’s easier to sit on a nearby beach and watch the waves break on the shore.

Yes, it’s easier to pile in the car and head for the lake in Vermont.

But traveling beyond one’s comfort zone provides experiences that often change the way we understand the world.

Tomorrow, I leave comfortable Hastings-on-Hudson for China.

As Internet and time allows, I will tweet about comfort zones I find there – ones where travelers can close their eyes and think they are home, and comfort zones that take some stretching to endure.

I am not even I will find any roads ‘less traveled by’ within a land of nearly 1.4 billion people, but follow me to find out.

And thinking about one’s comfort zone, explore this site to learn what we have planned for south India …

Our tour offers comfortable ‘Disney­-like’ yet ‘real’ cultural celebrations; idyllic islands and backwater lagoons; and beyond-comfort-zone digging and intellectual stretching into 3000 years of history.