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On the road (India)

Today we’re traveling from Hassan to Hospet, and since this is quite a long distance, most of the day will be spend in Ajit’s bus. The main reason for the long drive is the fact that there are no highways. Southern India doesn’t appear to have anything else besides narrow bending roads where it’s impossible to make a decent speed. It does have it charm though, it all fits in the whole India-experience.

In order to make the day a little less dull, tour leader Digna arranges that Ajit stops the bus every couple of hours. He then waits for about half an hour so we can walk down the road ourselves and stretch our legs a bit. Once Ajit starts driving again, he picks everyone up again.

During one of these walks we see a so-called Bodhi tree by the road. The original Bodhi tree was a large and very old sacred tree in northern India under which Siddhartha Gautama, later known as Buddha, achieved enlightenment. The term Bodhi tree is also widely applied to current existing trees of the same kind.

Apart from it’s unusual shape (roots seem to come from the branches and nest into the ground again so the tree gets larger and wider), it’s a beautiful tree that can take from a 100 to 3,000 years to fully grow.

Liselore_Verschuren says:
Oops, made a mistake... I ment from Hassan to Hospet! :)
Posted on: Jul 08, 2010
fransglobal says:
He must have taken you the scenic route. I think it's only about 20 km. I cycled there and back without any problem
Posted on: Jul 08, 2010
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