|400 steps up|
But the long and sweaty climb up the mountain is very rewarding when it is completed. After Preah Vihear (which we will cover sometime later) this is the site which offers the most spectacular views of the surrounding land.
|Rice fields on the planes|
Standing on the edge of the steep cliff we were able to make out other remains of Phnom Chisor down on the plains. They all formed a straight line from the main sanctuary towards Angkor and a steep 400 stairs would lead up to the temple and had to be climbed in ancient rituals.
We truly enjoyed every lintel and every carving in this temple which frequently displayed Kala and the Hindu trinity or Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, their consorts and vehicles.
In the main sanctuary is a small shrine which is managed by a local Brahman, who will assist visitors during a prayer and a blessing ceremony.
After seeing Phnom Chisor, I decided that we would not continue to drive down south to visit Phnom Da, another site. It would have taken away from the great experience we had up here and would have required hurrying through both sites without doing them justice.
|More sanctuaries on the plains|