How do Indian mantras work

Discover the wisdom of South India: pilgrimage with Johannes Vogt with yoga, meditation and mantras

Wainando - India

Country & people

A vacation in India is like a journey through different worlds: Snow-covered mountain peaks and parched deserts, dream beaches and dense jungle - India is more diverse than almost any other country on earth. Bounce in every corner Tradition and modernity on each other.

The Megacities are loud and full of people. Ultra-modern luxury skyscrapers border on impoverished slums. Cars, rickshaws and sacred cows get in each other's way on the streets. Different ethnic groups, languages ​​and values ​​come together. Places of spirituality and tranquility alternate with lively festivals. The countless temples and palaces are new and fascinating to us at the same time. In the winding streets and turbulent Bazaars the scent of incense sticks is in the air. It smells sweet, warm, hot and severe. For earth, fruits and spices.

When you come to India for the first time, the country will surprise you very much - and sometimes it will challenge you: Incredible poverty and severe class differences are part of the everyday street scene. India's bureaucracy is like an ever-growing monster. And the unbelievable crowds also cost nerves. But don't let that put you off! Because behind all of this there is one pulsating, varied and deeply impressive travel destination.

To understand India, you shouldn't hurry from sight to sight, but yourself take time, to empathize with the foreign culture. The subcontinent is like a colorful kaleidoscope full of colors and smells. Let yourself be enchanted and discover the almost infinite possibilities. No matter whether you want to get to know the foreign culture, are looking for enlightenment or use the trip to find yourself: After a trip to India, many claimed to be no longer the same or the same.

National language

Hindi and English are the official language of the country. In addition, 21 regional languages ​​are officially recognized, some of which have their own characters.
In some parts of the country, such as the south, you may be understood better in English than in Hindi. With a smile and a few friendly gestures, however, you can get ahead anywhere.

Religions & Spirituality

India is the melting pot of Religions and source for spirituality. These still play an important role in the everyday life of Indians today. Believers crowd in the countless temples, mosques, churches and in the many holy places. There are consecrated shrines all over the country that adorn colorful wreaths of flowers. And if you feel like meditating or chanting mantras in the taxi, no driver will mind.
Over 80 percent of the Indians are Hindus, about 13 percent are committed to Islam, two and a half percent to Christianity and two percent count as Sikhs. Furthermore, Buddhists, Jainists, Parsees, Jews and many others shape India.

If you want to visit a Hindu temple in the states of Tamil Nadu or Kerala, you must wear traditional Indian clothing according to current regulations. Men are best to wear long trousers and a traditional dhoti shirt or wide pajamas with kurta or sherwani (knee-length shirts). Women are best to buy a sari, a long kurta with pajama pants and a scarf, or a long skirt with a blouse and a scarf (Pavadai Thavani). The local salespeople will be happy to advise you and help you choose the right clothes.

Climate & travel time

The climate depends heavily on the annual monsoons. In April, May and June lies oppressive heat and exhausting humidity over the country. The monsoon rolls from south to north. Like the British colonial rulers a hundred years ago, the best way to escape the heat is in the pleasantly cool mountains and the highlands in the south.

In the High season between December and March the weather is quite pleasant. In December and January it is cool to cold in the north, especially in the direction of the Himalayas. From February onwards, temperatures will rise across India. For a trip to the state of Ladakh the period from July to the beginning of September is particularly suitable. Mountain passes and hiking trails are largely free of snow and the temperatures are mild.

From autumn the air is very pleasant after the long monsoon season. Occasionally the clouds on the southern tip and southeast coast of India are still empty in heavy rain showers. It's not too hot yet, the rain has washed away the air and land and all the blossoms are unfolding.

time shift

Indian Standard Time (IST) is four and a half hours ahead of Central European Time. During the summer the time difference to Germany is only 3.5 hours.

Currency & payment options

India's currency is the Indian rupee (INR). In most urban centers there are ATMs. However, it is advisable to bring cash or travelers checks with you as a hidden reserve. US dollars can be used to pay in many places. As Credit cards It is best to use MasterCard or Visa, which are accepted at ATMs in larger hotels and in shopping centers, among other places.

Out and about in the country