This unique program combines the spectacular natural beauty, fascinating cultural traditions, and charming people of Bhutan, the smallest of the Himalayan kingdoms, with a four-night cruise aboard the Ganges Voyager riverboat along the Hooghly River, a distributary of the larger “Mother Ganges.”

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Bhutan and India’s Sacred Ganges

Featuring a four-night cruise aboard the 56-guest riverboat Ganges Voyager

13 days from $9,990

This unique program combines the spectacular natural beauty, fascinating cultural traditions, and charming people of Bhutan, the smallest of the Himalayan kingdoms, with a four-night cruise aboard the Ganges Voyager riverboat along the Hooghly River, a distributary of the larger “Mother Ganges.”

or Call 855-330-1542

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Mar 5 - 17, 2019 Departure
Linda Hess

Linda Hess

Linda Hess is Senior Lecturer Emerita in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University, where she taught for 21 years as a specialist in religions of South Asia. Her courses at Stanford included Introduction to Hinduism; Hindus and Muslims in South Asia; Gandhi and Nonviolence; and Yoga Ancient and Modern. Her own work has been on the passionate religious poetry of North India, composed in Hindi in the 15th-16th centuries and still vibrantly alive and popular in today’s culture. She has translated and written extensively about the poet Kabir, an iconoclastic mystic whose poetry reflects both inner and outer experience: Kabir expresses profound mystical experience, and he comments sharply on foolishness, prejudice, and hypocrisy in society. She has also written about the poet Tulsidas, author of the vastly popular Hindi version of the great Ramayana epic. This poetry is not just literature, but is also song and drama. Linda has spent as much research time in the field as on the page. In Varanasi, she documented the Ramlila of Ramnagar, an annual 30-day outdoor traveling performance of the Ramayana. Later in Madhya Pradesh, central India, she worked with singers of Kabir, writing about oral and musical transmission of poetry, social and religious contexts, and the sheer joy of singing. Her publications include Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in North India (Oxford University Press, 2015); Singing Emptiness: Kumar Gandharva Performs the Poetry of Kabir (Seagull Books, 2009); and The Bijak of Kabir (with Shukdev Singh, originally1983, republished by Oxford University Press, 2002). A longtime practitioner of Buddhist meditation, Linda has been interested in the history of Buddhism and has often included Buddhist texts in her teaching on religions of South Asia.