One of the 4 holy sites sanctioned by Buddha himself for pilgrimage, Kushinagar or Kushinara (as it was known in the Buddha Period) is the place where Gautam Buddha finally left his earthly abode and ascended to heavens. Kushinara was one of the sixteen Mahajanpads of the 6th century B.C. and was a living city..
As the Ganga meanders into its famed S-bend, one can’t help but wonder at the slice of history rising up, majestic and forlorn, on its rocky bank. Many masters, kings, emperors have come and gone, but the Fort of Chunar still stands steadfast, the lonely sentinel of the mighty Ganga. Situated approx. 25 kms from..
Around 12 km from the famed city of Varanasi, sits a small hamlet, once lost and then rediscovered. It was here that almost 2500 years ago, Buddha set in motion what Buddhists call the Wheel of Dharma by delivering his first sermon to the five companions with whom he had sought enlightenment. Ravaged by Turk invaders..
First light and the sound of temple bells. A conch sounds a clear note and holds it long enough to dispel all drowsiness. As light descends on the serene Ganga, a steady chant rises up along the banks. The primordial syllables of the Gayatri mantra mingle with the languid rhythm of the boatmen’s oars slicing..
The city of light, the center of the universe, the never forsaken, the forest of bliss, the abode of Rudra, the Mahashamshan, the city of eternal salvation – Varanasi. Located 320 kms south-east to the state capital Lucknow, Varanasi is different things to different people. To some it is the spiritual heart of India, to..