Sunset at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, one of the most iconic temples of Angkor. It is also the biggest and the most spectacular of all other temples and considered to be the largest religious monument ever built. 

There is no doubt that if you are a student of history and have a fascination for culture and archaeology, Cambodia becomes one of the must visit places on earth. It simply thrives on the rich history & culture, from the times of Khmer empire. Much of Cambodia's early history & culture was heavily influenced by India.

With only three days to explore Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap, amidst a tight business schedule in Thailand, we managed to make the most of our short trip to Angkor Wat temples. It was truly an amazing experience to be amongst the majestic temples, rich history and culture of Cambodia. Everyday we spent about 8-9 hours hiking around some of the major sites and temple ruins which was pretty exhausting but etched some unforgettable memories in our minds. We even found some amazing khmer vegetarian restuarant where we spent our evenings relaxing. We managed to shop a bit too of some amazing Cambodian art and artefacts on the last day of our stay in Siem Reap. 

Cambodia also has it's share of dark history and has suffered immensely over the years due to genocides, poor economy and wide corruption which still persists.  

Entrance to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom Gate

Entrance through Angkor Thom gate on a busy day. During the peak tourist season, there is a long vehicular traffic jam trying to make through the gates which leads to a number of temples in Angkor.

Monk at Phnom Bakheng Hill

A Buddhist monk on top of Phnom Bakheng Hill temple, Theravada Buddhism is the most widely practiced faith of 95% population of Cambodia. Buddhism has existed since 5th century A.D in Cambodia. 

Angkor Temple Ruins, Cambodia

One of the majestic temple ruins of Angkor, slowly being restored by various organisations and governments across the world. Angkor Wat and many of it's ancient temples are protected under UNESCO as a world heritage site. 

Overlooking the ruins of Angkor Temples, Cambodia

Stunning landscapes surrounded by majestic temple ruins and architecture. December to March is probably one of the best times to visit Siem Reap. 

Evening magical light at one of Angkor ruins

It was a bit hard at times to compose some nice wide angles shots of temples, since we were there at the peak season there were plenty of tourists with their cameras all trying to get that perfect shot. I really lucked out in nailing this shot with sun just setting behind the structure and no tourists in sight.  

Stunning Landscapes of Angkor, Cambodia

Outskirts of Siem Reap and around Angkor area is pretty scenic with plenty of waterways, boats and rural life. 

An ancient Angkor temple ruin

Beautiful lighting on an ancient temple ruin in the midst of a jungle.

Carvings of a battle scene from Bayong temple, Angkor

Carvings depciting a battle scene from Khmer empire seen at Bayon temple. This is quite a large temple with over 200 massive faces of Brahma. 

Ta Phrom Temple, Tomb Raider

Ta Phrom temple is one of the most popular Angkor temples which is left untouched since it was found. It is a battle between massive trees of the surrounding jungle and temple stones. Archaeological Survery of India has done incredible job in restoration of some part of the temple ruins. 

Overgrown Banyan Roots at Ta Phrom Temple, Angkor

Another scene of Ta Phrom temple. Hollywood movie Tomb Raider was extensively shot here which really put Angkor Wat on the global tourism map. 

Banyan Tree at Ta Phrom Temple, Angkor Wat

An ongoing battle of a huge tree over the temple ruins of Ta Phrom. 

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