Sunday 29th January, 2012:
This was my final full day in India. I had a leisurely breakfast, and then took a motorised rickshaw to the National Museum. They had a magnificent Buddhist collection, including a display of more than 12 bone fragments from the Buddha's body. I had to sit quietly and take it in, since it was the first time I have seen actual relics of the Buddha himself. It was mind-blowing to realise the time gap between his death and my seeing his bones over two millennia later.