Day 10/30: Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya photofest
Here’s a selection of photos of the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, which I took earlier this year. The Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site, is where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment. It was built in approximately 250 BCE and uses the styles of Dravidian architecture. It’s located in the lesser known north-east state of Bihar. If any of you are brave enough to adventure to this part of India, I recommend visiting! It’s nowhere near as developed as Rajasthan, Mumbai and Delhi, fewer people speak English, there’s a lack of 5* hotels and facilities and you’ll be in one of the most impoverished states in the country. However you will be greeted with smiles, the people are welcoming and hospitable and you’ll still be able to buy chocolate! When I visited 12 years ago there were hardly any tourists or shops, however I’m amazed at the change that has occurred in the past 12 years, there’s still a long way to go, but it’s a lot safer (Bihar was notorious for crime, however this has changed since Nitish Kumar has been chief minister for the state), there are roads and you can buy chilled bottled water almost anywhere!!
Anyway have a snoop at the photos, these are unedited and there’s photos of the little details that are generally overlooked!