This day was completely dedicated for most famous Angkor wat Temple visit.
About Angor wat: It is largest hindu temple in world, built by Khmer king Suryavarman around 12th century. It has encrypted Ramayan on its wall, have library and Vishnu temple in centre of the temple . It is believed that temple was formed with research on Sun and astronomy. It is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Angkor wat refers to “Temple City”. Watching sunrise and sunset is must. If you do booking one day prior of full day visit, you can get entry to see the sunset at Angkor wat on same of booking. (Hack !!!)
Cost : 37 $ for a Day tour, 62$ for 2 days tour, 72$ for 3 days tour
We had taken one day tour ticket and hired a guide for visit of Angkor wat temple. He had let us go through the centre of universe inside the temple which is unrecognizable unless been told by someone.
What is most amazing thing about Cambodia that you find the facts of Budhhism origin from Hinduism, from the era of 9th century...how old !!! ..and how Cambodia has the stories encrypted of Ramayana on wall of temple and also considering "Budhha" the 9th incarnation of Vishnu Bhagwan.
It feels like you are at "Sangam" of two cultures, religions, era and countries which are far far away...and how India relates with Cambodia.
I hope we can find the thread connecting all the religion, I am still thinking how beautiful it will be !
On a day trip, we have visited following 7 more temples:
Banteay Kdei- is a Buddhist temple, built in 12-13th Century.
Bayon- is majestic place where smiling Buddha faces carved on stones. It is having 54 pillars and 4 faces on each pillar, built in 12th century.
Taprohm - is our favorite where gaint trees are seen on wall and on roof of temple. In very ruin stage of temple, gingatic roots of fig, banyan and kapok trees make it a place for a must visit.
Takeo- It is unfinished Shiv temple, built in early 11th century. It is considered to be oldest temple built in Angkor Tham.
Thommanon: It is one of Hindu temple built in 11-12th Century.
Chau Say Tawvoda- It is small Hindu temple, built in 11th century.
Baphun: is Shiv temple, built in mid 11th century.