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Nov 4, 2013 - Bodh Gaya

November 3, 2013 Happy Diwali. Last year I spent it with Matta in Chandigrath and in 2004 I was in Kathmandu. I am not sure where I was in 1997. The crackers will be full on tonight. Keep your cats inside. I arrived in Bodh Gaya, the small village where Lord Buddha found enlightenment. It’s changed a lot since 2004, the first time I was here. There are a lot more tourists and thus tourist shops. The real reason I came is to get a leaf from the tree under which He found enlightenment. The tree is not original. Before the original died some...

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Nov 26, 2010 - Bodh Gaya

I like this place, but I am kind of getting tired of it also. It is very small and easy to walk around the main parts very quickly. Also, there are a LOT of mosquito and I feel like their feeding farm. I have been all around the area with my ex-friend Laxman. I say ex because the man can't quite comprehend the words "no touching." He has Russian hands and Roman fingers. Anyway he has a motorcycle and he took me all around to some caves to see the surrounding villages, temples and also to the Boddhi tree. It was nice for a few days, but he...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Nov 22, 2010 - Varanasi Impressions

I am now staying in Bodh Gaya at some weirdly titled place like Crash and Nash Guest House. It's somethig like that. I may be here for a few more days, and then perhaps Nepal? Varanasi loved it and hated it. There was a huge Hindu festival while I was there. I seem to always find myself in places whn they are most crowded and congested. It was just election time in Bihar state so it is also crowded here. Anyway, Varanasi was extremely crowded. There was literally a crush of people. After the festivities were over I literally thought I was...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Mar 19, 2009 - Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya is famous for being the place that the Buddha attained enlightenment. The focal poibnt of this little town is the Mahabodi temple, the site of the Bodi tree where Buddha sat when he reached his enlightened level of being. The tree here today is not in fact the very same tree, which was destroyed a long time ago, but is a tree that was grown from a cutting of the original. Still it certainly serves to set the scene and is a major site of pilgrimage today. In addition to the famous tree there is the Mahakala cave, where Buddhe...

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Apr 3, 2008 - Colourful Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a shopping heaven with an amazing range of crafts and textiles. I have taken photos of many of the eye-catching work of this most colourful part of India and hope that I can give you a sense of how the bright colours stand out against the simple background of the rock and sand landscape. Jaipur is famous for precious and semi-precious stones. If you venture into the small back lanes you can see the stones being cut and polished. Meenakari, highly glazed enamel work, is another a Jaipur specialty. The Johari Bazaar is bursting...

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Apr 3, 2008 - Rajasthan Revisited

During our travels around Rajasthan I took a lot of photos that didn’t relate to one specific part of this ‘Land of Kings’, but were fairly indicative of the desert state as a whole. For that reason, I have separated these photos into a separate journal entry and want to share them with you as a final look back at our 2008 visit to India. Our main goal this trip, apart from seeing family again, was to really see Rajasthan properly and we feel that this time we have done it justice. Now for a little bit of background on this fascinating part...

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Apr 2, 2008 - Bodhgaya

There’s not much more to say about Bodhgaya since our arrival here on January 17th. At that time there was a ten-day Buddhist ceremony underway and the small town was clogged with monks in burgundy and saffron robes. We were dismayed by the litter on the streets and were sad to think that it was no longer the clean, quiet place we had first visited in 1999. We were delighted to find that the peacefulness had returned to Bodhgaya and much of the refuse had been cleared. We visited the Mahabodhi Temple at sunset and I took a few pictures of...

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Jan 18, 2008 - Bodhgaya, India

We were a little alarmed when we arrived at the Bangkok International Airport and found that our flight on Drukair (Royal Bhutan Airlines) wasn't even listed on the departures board. I panicked that the flight might be departing from the old airport, which is now used for domestic flights. Hailing a cab and travelling across the city might mean we would be late to check in for the flight. We were relieved when the woman at the information desk directed us to the correct check-in counter. There were a couple of other people waiting for the...

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Jan 9, 2007 - Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya is in the state of Bihar and is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage place in the world. It is the sight where Buddha meditated under the Bodhi tree and archeived enlightenment. It seems that everyone here is either a monk or is studying Buddhism or meditation. If feel really special to be an a place that is so sacred. The main attraction is the Mahabodhi Temple which was built to honor the spot where Buddha reached enlightenment. I went to the temple the other evening and there were people everywhere practicing meditation and...

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