Going to Market With Crowds and Cows in Bodhgaya, India
Just a few steps past meditative tranquility of the Mahabodhi Temple, is Bodhgaya's bustling market. Women in colorful sarees balancing impossibly huge baskets on their heads, jeeps filled to the brim with people riding on the roofs, skinny meandering cows... all trying to get through the narrow passageway not taken up by stalls and goods laid out on the ground. Loud singing echos though loudspeakers all along the street. The smell of fried food intermingle with the earthy scent of fresh vegetables. It’s chaotic and not for the claustrophobic, but in a good way—like something out of a particularly fascinating page of National Geographic.