We have just spent two days in Kushinagar, which is said to be the final resting place of Buddha. It is a very small village nestled away in sugar cane and rice fields. The main street is lined with temples built by monks from all over the world, we stayed in the linh-son temple for chinese monks, it was beautiful.
The main attraction that brings many pilgrims to the village is the 5th century sleeping buddha, which is 5m long covered with a blanket, with just his head and feet showing. It was a very peaceful place after the chaos of the bigger cities. Our temple was also home to a school and in the evenings we were moved by the childrens songs of prayer.
Because of the villages small size we ended up eating with the locals and drinking chai on makeshift benches under plastic tarpaulin. We had one breakfast cooked by an old couple on the side of the road in a hut we presumed doubled as their home.
We are off to our final indian destination of New Delhi, exciting!!
liz and dale xx