The Bodhi Tree Express

Big changes are in the air in Bodh Gaya, sacred site of the Buddha's enlightenment.

Robert Pryor

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For all its recent growth, the Buddhist pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya, in northeastern India, remains a relatively quiet place where one can still watch farmers plowing their fields with oxen, and the most reliable method of travel remains the railway system. It was with considerable surprise then that on a recent October afternoon I heard the unmistakable sound of a large jetliner landing nearby. Although there has been talk for some time of a new airport near Bodh Gaya, most of us who are familiar with the pace of events here had some question about when such a project would actually be completed.

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