It is the most amazing display of stupas. Some are old, some are new. The guidebook (Lonely Planet) is, as always, very sniffy about this place. That the Government is ruining the charm of the place by restoring some of the old stupas. At the moment, I'd say they have the balance about right. Some are being built (Tells me this is more than a tourist trap). Some are restored (Look really cool) and some are old and a bit dilapidated (provides historical context and atmosphere).
One of the really nice things was the peace and quiet of it. I wouldn't say we were the only ones there but there can't have been more than 2 or 3 others there! The top of each stupa has bells or wind chimes on them and, with the gentle breeze and near silence, the tinkling of the bells was about the only sound... So different from China.
As I said earlier some of the stupas are in better nick than others. Others are just left as terracotta rather than cover in gold paint or white render.
Everywhere you looked there was a different view framed nicely by a different aspect of the temple.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.