This photo was taken by Zongqi Xia from Cambridge, Massachusetts.
"During a visit to the Golden Temple of Amristar (Punjab) in the winter of 2009, I took this photo while sitting serenely beside an elderly Sikh pilgrim by the Pool of Immortal Nectar facing the Harimandir. Just like the pilgrim, I was deeply entranced by the hypnotic and sublime chanting of Gurbani Kirtan.
Before my journey across India, I volunteered for a month with the Himalaya Health Exchange in the Himachal Pradesh as an elective during residency. We provided free medical care to an underserved part of rural Northern India.
I am a neurologist based in Boston. Since college, I have traveled to six continents and several dozens of countries. When I travel to a new place, I like to spend time wandering aimlessly and discovering the unexpected. An ideal trip for me combines elements of (mis)adventure, local culture, culinary delights, and serendipitous encounters with kind strangers."