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Jan 13, 2009 - Back to dusty, grimy, filthy Gaya

HIGHLIGHTS • Take a hit of 20USD to change my train ticket, ouch • Wander to the many hallowed monasteries • Topuched by a group of children • Back to delightful Gaya for the night • And Deepak DETAIL I finally manage to change my ticket but it’s not over yet, not until the fat lady sings (thank you JJ). I trust that my credit card will go through and should know tomorrow. I plan on taking the early morning train to Agra and it’s a twelve hour journey. I have three hours to wander to and through the many monasteries here in Bodhgaya....

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Jan 10, 2009 - Three buses, 12 hours and almost set upon by bandits!

HIGHLIGHTS • Three buses and almost set upon a buch of bandits! DETAIL I am actually looking forward to getting back to India! I awake earlier, negotiate a price with the rickshaw driver and head five kms to the boarder. He drops me off and the Nepalese are charming and the change 20USD to Indian Rupees at a good rate. Then a small hike to the Indian border, Raxaul and I feel the different. They too are charming and I buy the Immigration Officers a cup of tea and then take a rickshaw to the bus stand. Are, Indian money which I am used to....

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Dec 11, 2006 - Bodhgaya

We arrived in Gaya at 5:30am and shared a rickshaw with two Minnesotian (is that a word?) women, Jessica and Rebecca. The bumpy 8 km ride to Bodhgaya took about 30 minutes. It was a jazzy rickshaw, covered with pink and blue lights strobbing off beat to the blaring Hindi music. When we arrived in town, the touts were out, trying to hustle sleepy tourists. This time however, after dissing a tout to look at other hotel options, we ended up coming back to his guest house to stay. A little lesson we've learned...not all touts are...

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Nov 21, 2005 - Day 9. Bodh Gaya. The beauty and the savagery.

After the hell train from Kolkata we are safe in Bohd Gaya at a comfortable hotel run by the Tibetans. Bohd gaya is where the Buddha got enlightened and is probably the most holy of the Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. The air is a little cleaner here but the hordes of people are everywhere. When we walk down the street there is an incessant presession of people saying "Hello. Hello. Hello." trying to sell something or beg. You have to have a thick skin and keep walking and mostly not engaging or having eye contact. I like my fellow...

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Oct 31, 2004 - Bodgaya

Oct 31, 2003 I haven't been feeling well for the last couple of days. I have arrived in Bodgaya a yesterday and will leave tomorrow. Bodgaya is the place where Lord Buddha found enlightenment. There are monasteries here from all over the world. It is pretty cool. There is also an ancestor of the original Bodhi tree under which he found enlightenment. I have decided to go into Nepal, as the roads from here to Sikkim are very poor. I plan on entering the border north of here and going straight east to a town called Darjeeling in the Indian...

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