milky way

Depending on when you choose to travel the humidity may be high and the temperature higher: you will wish to be wearing your coolest clothes and regret, if you haven’t, not packing an umbrella.

Your destination is about fourteen kilometres northeast of the city. Just a little too far comfortably to walk, perhaps, but easily accessible by auto-rickshaw or a taxi that – more often than not – will be more than happy to wait. In this tranquil place, Shakyamuni first preached the Middle Way.

Though busy occasionally, it is seldom crowded, particularly later in the afternoon, and easy enough – if you put your mind to it – to slip the solicitations of your guide, step aside from the path, and walk alone through the stupas.

incessant rain
I choose my shelter
under an old tree