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November 22, 2013

Random Notes on a book about Buddhism and travel




Author : Aruna Deshpande
Publisher : Jaico books

Rating : 3.5 / 5

India is the guardian of a rich and ancient culture, and the seat of Buddhism. Mystic monasteries on Himalayan slopes, richly carved stupas amid lush gardens, cavernous dwellings with exquisite paintings –India is home to all these and more. In Buddhist India rediscovered, her seventh book, respected historian Aruna Deshpande travels the length and breadth of the country to track down the imprints of Buddhism. Never before has any historian presented every major Buddhist site located in India in one book.

Here are the architectural gems of Lumbini, the lesser known Tawang Monastery of Arunachal Pradesh, the unparalleled Bodh Gaya and a reliable guide to visiting all these places. A boon to pilgrims, travelers and armchair explorers alike, Buddhist India Rediscovered will fire the imagination and carry you on a memorable journey.

Punched into short chapters about sites in various states of India and complimented with beautiful photographs, it collates into a competent travel book with sprinkling of Buddhism in it. A must for travel junkies and also will pique interest for anyone looking into insights of Buddhism unfolding across various states of India.  Read as you travel and i am sure, you will like it more!

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