Monday, June 8, 2009

Day 1, traversing Bihar and Madhya Pradesh

Wow, wasn't it cool to see animals in their natural habitat?

Now we are making our to the west of India via states of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh

First stop:BIHAR

The Mahabodhi Temple (Literally: "Great Awakening Temple") is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment.


Sanchi is a small village in Raisen District and is the location of several Buddhist monuments dating from the third century BCE to the twelfth century CE.

The 'Great Stupa' at Sanchi was originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka the Great in the third century BCE. Its nucleus was a simple hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of the Buddha.

Since we are in the vicinity lets visit the Bhimbetka rock shelters which compose an archaeological site and World Heritage Site.

They exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India; a number of analyses suggest that at least some of these shelters were inhabited by man for in excess of 100,000 years. Some of the Stone Age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are approximately 9,000 years old.

Still in Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho group of monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Siteand has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture.

Next stop: the state of Maharashtra...Jai Maharashtra!

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