ABOUT THE BOOK
Author, traveller and researcher Sunita Dwivedi recounts in this book the captivating tales of her travels to the Buddhist heritage sites of India. Taking on this arduous yet spiritually gratifying journey, she leaves no stone unturned in bringing us closer to the antiquities and mysteries of the ancient Buddhist sites—including the archaeological history of those built under the patronage of Asoka the Great, traversed by the devoted and fearless Chinese pilgrims and ambassadors, forgotten over time and rediscovered after centuries by colonial explorations and excavations. A delight for travellers and sightseers venturing into isolated Buddhist cultural geography, her wanderings account the length and breadth of the country—from the better known in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to the more interior ones in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and even across the border into Lumbini and Tilaurakot in Nepal; from West Bengal and Odisha in the east to Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra in the west; and through Madhya Pradesh finally to the south of India. Offering an unforgettable kaleidoscope of awe-inspiring stupas, monasteries, paintings and sculptures, Buddhist Heritage Sites of India is a collation of complex and curious trajectories of a heritage that not only belongs to India but also to the world at large.
KEY SELLING POINTS
• Written in the form of a travelogue, this book takes you on an incredible journey across the country, covering almost all the Buddhist heritage sites of India. • Travelling to far-off places like Ladakh, Tawang and Nepal to more familiar sites like Ajanta and Ellora, the author uncovers the mystery and the history behind the ancient sites. • The book also provides a visual treat for history buffs as it features more than 50 photos of the various sites and monasteries as well as exquisite idols and artefacts that are displayed in museums across the country.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sunita Dwivedi hails from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, where the Great Buddha attained mahaparinirvana. She began her career as a journalist, working for several dailies, including The Times of India and Hindustan Times. In 1997, she left her full-time job to pursue her passion for travelling and photography on the Silk Road through Asia and Europe. She has authored three historiographical travelogues—Buddhist Heritage Sites of India (2006), covering the ancient monastic settlements associated with the life of the Buddha; In Quest of the Buddha: A Journey on the Silk Road (2009), based on her journeys in China; and Buddha in Central Asia: A Travelogue (2014), narrating her many sojourns in Afghanistan and Central Asian republics.