Bodhgaya // Land of Enlightenment // PART 2

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27th Jan 2019

Monastery

Photo of Bodhgaya // Land of Enlightenment // PART 2 by Kavish Sethi
Day 3

Hey guys, hope you liked PART 1 of the travel blog. Will continue my journey for Day 3 and 4.

DAY 3: On the third day, we visited to 3 places. First we visited to the famous Manji Mountain (movie based on his life Manji - the mountain man). A real life story of an ordinary person, his wife dies, on the way to reach hospital, as they had to cross the mountain and then reach there.After his wife's death, he decided to cut the mountain, for the villagers to reach to the connected highway. All his life, this became his aim and after his death, the government made a cemented road.

New road developed by cutting the mountain

Photo of Manjhi, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

It took almost his entire life to cut the mountain

Photo of Manjhi, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Pine Tree and Sand Dunes

Photo of Manjhi, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

My sister and her friends

Photo of Manjhi, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Our next stop from there was towards Rajgir, a Buddhist monastery. The way to reach was through trolly. It was quite adventurous, as only one person could sit and ride on it.

On the trolly

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Trolly view

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Ivana on trolly

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Rajgir Monastery

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Monastery Top

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

The monastery have 4 sides, on each side, there are different Buddha's statues

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

On the other side, sleeping Buddha

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

All of us in front of the monastery

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Rajgir Monastery

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Then from same mountain, we walked towards the Vulture peak, where buddha preached his teachings to his disciples. It mountain top have lots of colourful flags. An Amazing trek. It also had a few caves on the way.

People had made Stupa's out of small rocks

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

I made one too!

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Cave on our way to Vulture Peak

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Buddhist Flags on our way

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Finally we reached the Vulture Peak/Eagle Peak

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Buddha statue at the Vulture Peak

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Colourful Flags

Photo of Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Later further we visited the Nalanda University and museum. The university was build by Kumaragupta for students to study, like an old Gurukul. It had subjects like theology, grammer, logic, astronomy, metaphysics, medicines and philosophy. The university still have the remains from those days.

This was outside the museum

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Statue at the museum

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Statue

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Buddhist Site map throughout India

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Nalanda University

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Nalanda University remains

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Nalanda University remains

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Monastery at Nalanda University remains

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

old walls at Nalanda University

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Nalanda University remains

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Old broken statue of Buddha

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

chairs for students to sit

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Statue engraved on a pillar

Photo of Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

It was a value creating and a fulfilling day. We went back to Bodhgaya from there in the evening.

Day 4

DAY 4: Finally the last day came and decided to explore the monasteries in Bodhgaya. Visually it was an insightful day. I visited a lot monasteries from different countries. Each had a varied style and look. Also clicked a lot of portraits of monks.

80 feet tall statue of Buddha

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Sculpture artist worked their best to depict calmness on buddha's face

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

You can also see statues of Buddha's 10 disciples on the corners.

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Monastery and Temple

Photo of Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Shedrup Choekhor Dargyeling, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Temple

Photo of Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Shedrup Choekhor Dargyeling, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Ngagyur Palyul Thupten carvings on walls

Photo of Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Shedrup Choekhor Dargyeling, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Ngagyur Palyul Thupten dragon's face

Photo of Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Shedrup Choekhor Dargyeling, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Inside Ngagyur Palyul Thupten

Photo of Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Shedrup Choekhor Dargyeling, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Budha Statue inside Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Temple

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Lots of Buddha's at Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Temple

Photo of Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Shedrup Choekhor Dargyeling, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Ngagyur Palyul Thupten

Photo of Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Shedrup Choekhor Dargyeling, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Ngagyur Palyul Thupten walls

Photo of Ngagyur Palyul Thupten Shedrup Choekhor Dargyeling, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Japanese Monastery at Bodhgaya

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Outside the Japanese Monastery

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Inside Japanese Monastery

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Wooden Carvings inside the Japanese Monastery

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Wooden rooftop

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Wooden Carvings inside the Japanese Monastery

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Royal Bhutan Temple of Bodhgaya

Photo of Royal Bhutan Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Royal Bhutan Temple

Photo of Royal Bhutan Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Buddha Statue inside the Royal Bhutan Temple

Photo of Royal Bhutan Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Royal Bhutan Temple

Photo of Royal Bhutan Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

3D sculptures at Royal Bhutan Temple

Photo of Royal Bhutan Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Royal Bhutan Temple outside

Photo of Royal Bhutan Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Colourful Monk

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

street shopping

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potrait

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monks

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portraits

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monks

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children of hope

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praying

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dragon at Metta Buddharam Temple

Photo of Metta Buddharam Temple, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Metta Buddharam Temple

Photo of Metta Buddharam Temple, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Metta Buddharam Temple

Photo of Metta Buddharam Temple, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Metta Buddharam Temple

Photo of Metta Buddharam Temple, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Sunset at Metta Buddharam Temple

Photo of Metta Buddharam Temple, Belsar, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

a monastery

Photo of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

walking towards the mahabodhi temple

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portraits

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portraits

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street walking prayers

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the shadow

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at be happy cafe

Photo of Be Happy Cafe, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

dinner at cafe

Photo of Be Happy Cafe, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

Mahabodhi Temple

Photo of Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India by Kavish Sethi

A soulful journey came to an end.

Happy travelling

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