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Anybody who has travelled to India must have invariably encountered cows on the streets; animals that disrupt traffic and refuse to move. Now replace cows with deer and you’ve got Nara.

Nara is the capital city of Nara Prefecture, and lies south of Kyoto, less than two hours from Tokyo by train. It is a beautiful city full of temples, shrines and ancient ruins, and home to one of the world's largest wooden buildings and one of the largest known statues of Buddha. Between 710 to 784, Nara even served as the capital of Japan. Today, this city of 370,000 has approximately 1,200 deer roaming the streets.

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