futerko wrote:That reminds me of a story of someone travelling by road from Nepal to India.
At first he didn't immediately notice any great change until a truck came along with two young boys hanging off the front - one was collecting the leaking water from the radiator in a can and then passing it up to the other boy who then refilled it - and that symbolised exactly his experience of India throughout.
This is just a general note not directed particularly at you, Futerko. But that scene might as well have taken place in Nepal. I realize part of this conversation is in the department of tourist anecdotes, but I just want to note that I think (from having lived in both Nepal and India too) that the comparisons in this discussion thread are crude and flawed. I agree of course that in terms of climate and tourist facilities, Boudha is in a completely different league from Bodhgaya. But please lay off the crude generalizations about Nepal vs India, which even if you just for one thing consider the size differences are far from meaningful. Step right across the border from Bihar to the Nepali Terai, and you won't notice much difference, etc.
Good luck with the pilgrimage Konchok Zenpa.