In India, many “sadhu” ( hindu ascetics who dedicate their life to God) live on the fringe of society. They make a living out of alms, they wander from villages to villages, from towns to towns, they smoke hashish. A way of life very attractive for travellers who could be called the new hippies. In the 60′s and the 70′s, travelling in India was an initiatory journey; now, many lose ground. They break with their roots, they go to ashrams, they follow gurus they sometimes pay a fortune. They advocate asceticism, they let their hair grow like the “sadhu”, they discard their clothes…and their identity papers. They reject their own culture, they want to fully live the Indian experience. Some even believe they have heard the message of a hindu god to justify their wandering. In brief, many of them end one day in the corridors of the embassies looking for help.
There are travels to which it’s better to be prepared !