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Dec 5, 2014 - Bodhgaya

November 29, 2014 I have more to add to my journal. I posed some yesterday. I had to finish editing November 17, 2014. It’s done now. I need to post it. I didn’t do fuck all at Bodhgaya except buy Manish the ring he wanted, used the ATM and recharged the mobile. I didn’t even go to the tree. Fuck there was a lot of backshesh boys. I couldn’t even shake them with my ‘story’. I just laid low and watched the tele. Today rode about 250 KM’s. We are at the turn off to start heading south. We finish Bihar and entered West Bengal. I can’t speak...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Visiting Patna in Bihar

Arriving in Patna is a shock to the system. The ground is still wet from the monsoon and the city is teeming with life even though it is evening. Samir from the church picked us up at the airport and took us to The Windsor Hotel. We went out of the muck and mire of the street, up some steps then up two flights of marble steps to the reception. We had a late night meal in the reception. The city is teeming with people of all persuasions. We climbed up the granary built in the mid 1800's to stave off starvation of the people. We got in a...

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Nov 28, 2013 - Patna

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I’ve almost lost track of the number of times we’ve visited India, and in almost all of those visits, we’ve made the trek east to the city where Anil lived from age 6 to 16. This continued to be his family’s home base, even after he left to attend university in Delhi and then graduate studies in Canada. In fact, Anil’s oldest brother still lives and works there, and it’s very much expected that we include Patna on our itinerary. The weather is very nice in Patna in the early part of the winter and we took...

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Nov 13, 2013 - Bhod Gaya to Begusarai

November 10, 2013 I left Bodh Gaya at 8am and am in some shit hole on the side of the highway going towards Ragjir. The hotel guy gave me fucked up directions and I drove around Patna for two hours looking for the turn off to the highway I wanted. No one spoke English. NO ONE! The hotel I am staying ay costs 500 Rs. and is pretty good To make matters worse I got sideswiped by a motorcycle and crashed into a car. The driver was pissed. Of course the motorcycle guy fucked off. I only got a small mark on my rib cage; I sure played it up...

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Nov 4, 2013 - Bodh Gaya

November 3, 2013 Happy Diwali. Last year I spent it with Matta in Chandigrath and in 2004 I was in Kathmandu. I am not sure where I was in 1997. The crackers will be full on tonight. Keep your cats inside. I arrived in Bodh Gaya, the small village where Lord Buddha found enlightenment. It’s changed a lot since 2004, the first time I was here. There are a lot more tourists and thus tourist shops. The real reason I came is to get a leaf from the tree under which He found enlightenment. The tree is not original. Before the original died some...

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Nov 20, 2011 - At the Root

I am staying in Bodhgaya at the Root Institute for Wisdom Culture. The institute offers programs and retreats and sponsors a school, as well as a number of other community projects. It is located in the countryside, a quarter mile off the main road to town. It's essentially a walled compound surrounded by open fields. There are many large trees, shrubs and flowers making it quaint and charming. The campus consists of various one and two story buildings with a central dining building and of course, a statue of Buddha in the central...

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India Dave 2011

Nov 19, 2011 - Amongst the Buddha's

My tuk tuk ride began at 4:30am through the dark streets of Varanasi and by way of the Poorva Express train and a taxi ride, I finally made it to the town of Bodhgaya at 2:30 in the afternoon. Like Sarnath, Buddhist pilgrims flock to Bodhgaya. It is where in the 6th century BC a prince, Siddhatta Gotoma attained enlightenment and became the Buddha. Bodhgaya is the most important place for a Buddhist pilgrim to visit. I think it's religious significance is like Rome for Catholics, Mecca for Muslims and Varanasi for Hindus. I started my tour...

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India Dave 2011

Feb 20, 2011 - Patna

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Anil’s family has lived in Patna since the early 1950s. Anil was born in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1947, just three short weeks after the partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan. The family moved to Patna when Anil was six years old and he did all his primary and secondary schooling there. He graduated from high school shortly after his fifteenth birthday and started university in Delhi, just before he turned sixteen. He stayed with relatives in Old Delhi and later boarded at the St. Stephen’s residence....

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Nov 26, 2010 - Bodh Gaya

I like this place, but I am kind of getting tired of it also. It is very small and easy to walk around the main parts very quickly. Also, there are a LOT of mosquito and I feel like their feeding farm. I have been all around the area with my ex-friend Laxman. I say ex because the man can't quite comprehend the words "no touching." He has Russian hands and Roman fingers. Anyway he has a motorcycle and he took me all around to some caves to see the surrounding villages, temples and also to the Boddhi tree. It was nice for a few days, but he...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Nov 22, 2010 - Varanasi Impressions

I am now staying in Bodh Gaya at some weirdly titled place like Crash and Nash Guest House. It's somethig like that. I may be here for a few more days, and then perhaps Nepal? Varanasi loved it and hated it. There was a huge Hindu festival while I was there. I seem to always find myself in places whn they are most crowded and congested. It was just election time in Bihar state so it is also crowded here. Anyway, Varanasi was extremely crowded. There was literally a crush of people. After the festivities were over I literally thought I was...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Oct 18, 2009 - Bodhgaya

A short 5 hour train ride from Varanasi took us to Bodhgaya, famous as the place where Buddha gained enlightenment 2500 years ago while meditating underneath a Bodhi tree. The town has only a small, permanent population (~30 thousand), but pilgrims from all Buddhist nations come here to study, pray and visit this spiritual place. We had come here to attend a week-long, introduction to Buddhism course (what better place to try to understand Buddhism?) taught by a monk and nun at a relatively quiet (anything under 100 dB is considered quiet...

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May 30, 2009 - High Court of Bihar at Patna

Route: Allahabad - Mohania - Arah - Patna Distance covered: 375 Kms. Place of Stay on 30.05.2009: The Ambassador Hotel, Rajendra Path, Station Road Contrary to the public perception and to be candid, to our own surprise, we infact started our journey at 5 am in the morning. Drive to Patna from Allahabad was a pleasant and uneventful experience. The only highlight was Arrah, the notorious district of Bihar which also happens to be Nanihal of Bunty. What a coincidence I must say. Infact just before reaching Arrah we got the feel of the place...

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