Lakshmi Narayan, Mandir, Daijokyo Buddist Temple, Bihar, India

Hindu pilgrims are drawn to the noisy Lakshmi Narayan Temple, about 2km south of town (turn right out of the bus stand and keep walking), to enjoy the health benefits of the hot springs here. The murky grey Brahmakund, the hottest spring, is a scalding 45°C.

Temple priests will show you around, pour hot water on your head (in the manner of bathing a pilgrim) and ask for generous donations (don’t feel pressured into giving anything if you don’t want to; there’s no obligation). It’s a fascinating but confusing place with no English signs; tread carefully so you don’t unintentionally offend. Visit India, India Epic Route © Monika Newbound


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