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Have you ever been to India?

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Have you ever been to India?

Postby dragonwarrior » Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:35 pm

Hi guys, have u ever been to India or maybe you have a plan to go there? Please share here.. I really want to have a religious trip (Bodh Gaya, Kusinara, Lumbini, etc) and also traveling around India. I want to know about everything -interesting places, accommodation, etc. basically what a traveller needs to know. Hear from you soon!

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Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:24 pm

I went with my family and used http://www.buddhapath.com/ as the tour guide. There are other companies too. They covered all travel, food, lodging, etc. Not including air fare, the cost ranges from about $1,000 USD to $4,000 USD per person, depending upon the length of the trip and how many sites you see.

Bodh Gaya and Vulture Peak are a must! Sarnath, Varanasi, and the Ganges were nice too.
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Re: Have you ever been to India?

Postby Ben » Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:05 pm

Hi Winny
I was in India nearly 20 years ago and stayed exclusively in Maharashtra state for three months. Mumbai, Igatpuri (where I stayed at my teacher's main centre for nearly the entire time), Nasik, Ahmedabad, Jalgoan, and the Ellora and Ajanta Caves.
I'm sure some of our other members will have more up to date and relevent information.
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Re: Have you ever been to India?

Postby Dhammabodhi » Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:24 pm

Hi Winny,

As you have probably read in my earlier posts, my hometown is Gaya(15 kms from Bodh Gaya). If you start your pilgrimage there, the Abbot of the Bangladeshi monastery there is a family friend, he and my family can help you out with your stay there, and help to plan your further journeys. Let me know if you find this feasible.

In any case, you can also travel on the , a special tourist train which tours all the important pilgrimage places on the so-called "Buddhist curcuit"(this does not include Lumbini, which is in Nepal).

Metta, :anjali:
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P.S: I'd also recommend that you visit the Mahakala cave near Gaya where the Buddha did severe austerities prior to his Enlightenment.
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Re: Have you ever been to India?

Postby PeterB » Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:59 am

I have been to India a number of times. Among some basic tips I would recommend ;
Getting your shots.
Taking your anti malarials if needed where you are intending visiting. Some parts of India do not have the mosquitos that carry malaria, check online.
Staying at the best accomodation that you can afford.
Eating vegetarian food only unless you eat in posh hotels.
If drinking water, drink only bottled.
Having said all that...relax ! Enjoy ! India is wonderful and chaotic, leave all your expectations behind and open to the experience.. :anjali:

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Postby vinodh » Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:55 am

I am from India :twothumbsup:

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yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha

na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
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Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]

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http://www.virtualvinodh.com

Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script : http://www.virtualvinodh.com/brahmi-lipitva

yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha

na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham

Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]

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Postby vinodh » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:37 am

http://www.virtualvinodh.com

Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script : http://www.virtualvinodh.com/brahmi-lipitva

yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha

na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham

Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]

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Postby vinodh » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:39 am

http://www.virtualvinodh.com

Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script : http://www.virtualvinodh.com/brahmi-lipitva

yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha

na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham

Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]

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Re: Have you ever been to India?

Postby PeterB » Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:53 pm

My wife and myself have visited several Indian towns away from the usual tourist trail destinations and have never had a bad experience..
On one occasion we left our hotel and went into the local village by tuk tuk with a couple of chaps we passed on the tracks, they showed us around the village, including pulling the local priest out of bed to do a puja, and showed us where a cobra lived during the day in a kind of mud shrine painted yellow.
When we returned to the hotel the staff were amazed when we told them where we had been. No hotel guest had ever been into the village before.

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Re: Have you ever been to India?

Postby cooran » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:02 am

Hello Winny,

Are you planning to travel with companions, or alone? It is unwise for lone females to travel alone around India.

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Postby vinodh » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:38 am

http://www.virtualvinodh.com

Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script : http://www.virtualvinodh.com/brahmi-lipitva

yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha

na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham

Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]

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Re: Have you ever been to India?

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:41 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Have you ever been to India?

Postby cooran » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:57 am

Hello Ben, vinodh, all,

I've been to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Kashmir etc. three or four times, and am going again in Feb/March 2010 to India and Nepal.

My son spent about six months travelling down the east coast, up the west coast and across the north from west to east. He lived in backpackers accommodation and travelled on public transport from place to place with others he met on the way. Invariably, the young women had experiences which impelled them to try to find groups which included males to travel onwards with.

Others experiences may vary.

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