Phoenix author shares spiritual expedition across India in riveting travel diary

PHOENIX — Author Victoria Kjos announces the nationwide release of her new book, “Welcome to India: One Woman’s Adventures.”

What drives a professional woman to abandon a comfortable middle-class American life for the cacophony of India? What motivates her to choose intentional discomfort and conscious confusion over the predictability of western luxuries? What haunting aspects of the country’s allure cause the author to feel so at home in this land of paradoxes?

In “Welcome to India,” explore those questions accompanying the author through North India. The reader feels as if walking beside her on this second leg of her spiritual quest through six states. Her journals — candid, poignant and amusing — take you to the Dalai Lama’s adopted home of McLeod Ganj, stunning Golden Temple in Amritsar, world-renowned Nek Chand Rock Gardens in Chandigarh, ancient cities of Pushkar and Jaipur in the Rajasthan deserts, pilgrimage city of Haridwar, sacred Rishikesh in the Himalayas made famous by the Beatles, Taj Mahal in Agra and the capital city of Delhi.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

With former careers as a lawyer, banker, consultant and realtor, Kjos — who is a yoga, qiqong and meditation teacher — currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, until the next trip to her beloved adopted home of Rishikesh in the Himalayan foothills of Northern India.

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