Benares and Bodhgaya
A trip to the Ganges and to the birthplace of Buddhism.
After my trip to Ladakh, the only thing I wanted in the next six months was a visit to Varanasi to see the River Ganga and to see the Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya. I spent my Christmas eve in 2014 walking by the ghats of the river Ganga. The architecture is quite rich and multicultural owing to the presence of almost every sect, religion and types of people living here. These are some images of places that I found interesting during my aimless meanderings amidst Varanasi and its filthy lanes.
The Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya
On the way from Varanasi to Bodhgaya, which is a 8 hour drive by car the entire landscape is covered with brown - green fields. There is a lot of poverty that is visible in both these states, that is heart wrenching. Once we entered Bihar, and touched the small town of Gaya, people from all over the world are seen there due to the Mahabodhi Temple - this town makes most of its presence.