The Temple Trail is solely and completely researched and written by Tom Billinge. Tom is a culturally focussed writer who has visited over 30 countries in search of temples, food and social insights. Tom has an educational background in archaeology and has been a passionate traveller and educator for a number of years. He also contributes to other journals and websites.
The aim of The Temple Trail is to inform and to inspire in others an interest in the wonderful varied world of temples and the cultures that built them. Tom has personally visited every temple featured on The Temple Trail and hopes that his work can drive others to do the same.
The ancient and the modern meet in temples. They are a window into a country’s culture and society. A temple can tell you so much about what drives people; what is important to a social group. Living, breathing temples are amazing, but even more so are ancient temples and temple ruins. The feeling of approaching an ancient temple site is a thrill of anticipation. The scenery, be it jungle or dry plains, mountains or marsh, perfectly fits the temple that is built there. Temples are the hub of the community and were thousands of years ago. They are a direct line back to where we came from and to where we are going. The religious backdrop is something neglected by many when they travel, but it is a major piece of the puzzle in each country’s heritage.
The Temple Trail tells the story of different temples and gives you a guided tour around each of them. It hopes to encourage you to step out onto the trail yourself; to find your own path and to take it to whatever you might find at the end of it.
Good luck and good travels.