Vikas Kumar (our Tour Leader) performed  Pind Daan Ritual last week on the banks of the sacred Ganges in Varanasi. The ritual was following the death of one of our  Leaders (Amber Chand) whose mother, Asha Chand passed away at the age of 95 in the UK recently.   Pind Daan is a mandatory ritual which is to be performed after death. Pind Daan gives an ultimate relief to the departed soul and paves way into the world of peace.

Amber describes her mother as  a wonderful, most beloved soul. Born in India, lived in Uganda after marriage, and then in England for the reminder. The first Indian woman lawyer in East Africa.  Twice a refugee – first during partition (1947) and then after Idi Amin (1971-79),  the African dictator expelled her family out Uganda. She was a wise soul,  Amber lovingly remembers.

We are proud of you Vikas Kumar to offering to perform this important Hindu ceremony as it is considered a a great honour to perform this ceremony by someone not related to you.  May you rest in peace Asha.


Vikas Kumar performing Pind Daan ceremony in Varanasi December 2017
Vikas Kumar performing Pind Daan ceremony in Varanasi December 2017


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Sharon Thrupp
Sharon is passionate about India and the Himalayan region. She believes that while her Australia is her country by birth, India is the country of her heart. She first went to India in 1996 and later returned to volunteer helping Tibetans in Dharamsala in 2001, fell in love with the Himalayas and stayed. She is currently involved in a NGO in India helping underprivileged girls continue their education and spends her spare time walking in the foothills of the Himalayas and doing yoga.