I’ve been promising this forever… well at least since last October last year, when I visited after my lovely yoga retreat in the Punjab.

The video is shot from the same hotel which bizarely had a tree situated in my room. Yes, that’s in my room. Not near it, not by it, but in it.

A strange place.

But as you can see, a place very handily located to the Dalai Lama’s home in exile. And sunrise was beautiful in the foothills of the Himalayas. I confess I’m not got much experience of mountains, and these look pretty big to me… but apparently nothing compared to the actual Himalayas. Nice.

If you listen carefully, you can hear the early morning birds doing there thing. And from an Indian perspective, it’s extra quiet, as it’s so early, cars, trucks, honking, beeping, dogs barking, shouts from traders… all not there. Which makes this early morning silence, all the sweeter.

There’s not even the drone of the chanting from the temple teachings that start later in the days that the Dalai Lama is doing his thing. They’re projected all over town on a public address system – very holy I’m sure. And probably deeply enlightening if you speak Tibetan: which sadly I don’t.

Anyway, I’ll be doing one of these little holiday videos each week now. I’ve got lots of them from the last year I’ve been itching to share and now they’re all stacked up and ready to go.

I think you’re going to enjoy them… we can stand on a rope bridge at treetop level in Costa Rica, check out London, see the waves in Sri Lanka and look at sculpture in India. All sorts of things.

So grab a coffee and settle in for a tiny mini holiday every Friday.


This is going to be part of the shiny new 1 minute holiday series – a new one every Friday.

But in the meantime, check out the videos that gave me the idea earlier in the year:

Video : A little bit of monsoon for you
Video : The crow chorus at dusk
Video : Sometimes life is simply good

Do let me know what you think of this new one and all the others as they unfold in the comments below.