Visakhapatnam #2 : Kailashgiri & Seemanchalam

Visakhapatnam is a unique city. It has a rare, unconventional combination of beaches and hills. I mentioned about the tourists places along the beaches in my last post which includes the one of its kind INS Kurusura submarine museum, the maritime Visakha museum and the beautiful Ramkrishna beach. You can read about them and my…

A weekend at Visakhapatnam #1

An early morning on a Saturday, I woke up and dragged my blanket down. I looked out of the window with somnolent eyes and saw large container cargo ships sailing in the Bay of Bengal. I saw the resplendent sun adding colours to the crepuscular hues. This was the view from a window of the…

The Excavation site of ancient Nalanda University

In India lotus is often associated with knowledge and the word Nalanda translates to “Giver of Lotus stalks“.  At its prime Nalanda University was one of the best centres of excellence and attracted students from as far as China, Mongolia and Persia. Nalanda University was established in 5th century by the Gupta dynasty rulers with subsequent…

Mahabodhi Temple : Tracing the roots of Buddhism

Buddhism, one of the prominent religions of Asia traces its origins to Bodh Gaya. The place where prince Siddhartha became Lord Buddha. The place that preached the world about virtues of peace and non violence; about benevolence and the subtle art of dharma. Situated in Bihar, a state much despised for being unruly and rowdy,…

Photostory : The international temples at Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, the place where Buddhism took birth, has over time become a truly global spiritual destination with international tourists from all Buddhism practicing nations flocking to Bodh Gaya throughout the year. All major Buddhism practicing nations and all sects of Buddhism have established their own temples at Bodh Gaya to facilitate their visitors. With…