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February 24, 2007

Bodhgaya

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Just a short distance from the town centre, Bodhgaya looks like just another small village -not like one of the most important religious places on Earth.
More photos from India.

December 12, 2006

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Bodhi Tree, Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya is maybe the holiest place in Buddhism as Siddharta Gautama (the historical Buddha) is said to have attained enlightenment here.
The tree brightly decorated at the Mahabodhi Temple is said to be a direct descendant of the actual one under which Buddha was meditating when this happened.
Bodhgaya itself is a pleasant small town, remarkable for the different temples erected here by the various Buddhist denominations. A very good chance to come and compare…

December 7, 2006

Calcutta Dancer

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dancer in Calcutta
A dancer in a dance show in Calcutta (India).

November 4, 2005

Ghats of Varanasi, before sunrise

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Ghats of Varanasi
Varanasi is maybe the “holiest” place in Hinduism. Many people believe that “death in Varanasi is Liberation” meaning that if you are cremated here, you have a good chance to escape the cycle of rebirth.
Consequently, many people come here to die, dead are brought here for cremation and there are millions of pilgrims.
There are over 100 “ghats”, some of which are dedicated to burning bodies while others are pure bathing ghats for the ritual cleansing (puja).
There also are plenty of small rowing boats for pilgrims and tourists who want to see this all from the water of the holy river Ganges.

Other names for Varanasi: Benares, Banaras, Kashi.

June 12, 2005

Varanasi

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Varanasi
The ghats of Varanasi, early in the morning

May 29, 2005

Lucknow residency

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Residency Lucknow
The “residency” in Lucknow was demolished in the Indian mutiny of 1857. The uprising started when Indian soldiers refused to “bite the cartridge”. This referred to the way the paper cartridges containing gunpowder were opened at the time, the problem being that, in order to keep the dry, they had been greased with pork or beef fat.
This, of course, was not in accordance with Muslim and Hindu believes.

May 26, 2005

Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal in Agra.

April 28, 2005

The Taj reversed / Taj Reflection

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Taj Reflection
Well, even before I took this photo, I envisaged turning it around in the slide tray.
Hard to say which version I prefer, this one where I uplifted the building or the normal view of the reflected Taj Mahal that is upside down, because I did not turn it…
Everything clear?

April 23, 2005

Ganges river before Sunrise

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Ganges river before Sunrise (Varanasi)
The Ganges river seen from a small boat very early in the morning.

April 17, 2005

Chipmunk and cigarette butt, Agra

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Chipmunk in Agra
I have seen all sorts of squirrels in parks, but the chipmunks in Agra and other Indian cities were not the least shy.

April 7, 2005

Niranjana River, Bodhgaya

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Niranjana River, Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya is a pleasant town situated at the shores of the Niranjana river.
There is, however, one thing that sets this place apart from all others: here, under a Bodhi tree, prince Siddharta achieved enlightenment and became “the Buddha”.
So, Bodhgaya is one of the holiest sites for Buddhists and there are monasteries from just about any Buddhist country.
Very interesting to visit, - but exploring rural India is just as rewarding!

March 28, 2005

Varanasi before Sunrise

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Dawn in Varanasi
This photo was taken from a small rowing boat on the Ganges river.

March 19, 2005

ghats of Varanasi

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Varanasi
On the ghats of Varanasi

July 28, 2004

Photos from India

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I did not scan any additional photos from India lately, - however, as you
may have arrived via a search engine, you may be interested in the existing
photo galleries:
Varanasi:
the shores of the Ganges, portraitsof sadhus and pilgrims.
Agra: Taj Mahal, streets, temples.
  Agra: in
the morning
Bodhgaya: stupas, rural India.
Lucknow: great Imambara, impressions of the city.
         
Delhi: Humayun
Mausoleum. Ancient Observatory.
Calcutta: harbour, Fairlawn Hotel.
Bikaner: camel farm.
Jaisalmer: castle, streets.
  Jaisalmer:
buildings, in the desert.
Jodhpur: inside the Maharajah’s palace, vultures, traditional
music, market.
         
To take the "guided tours" of Northern India, click on any of the
above images to select a photo gallery, then follow the arrow keys.
Point the mouse cursor on an image to see a short description or click on
it to view a larger version.


    

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