Travel Blogs from Varanasi, India

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The eyes have it, Varanasi, India travel blog

The eyes have it

A travel blog entry by the-rambler

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... pile of neatly stacked logs awaiting ignition. A stack, roughly coffin-sized in length, and twice as deep. Manikarnika is Varanasi’s primary crematorium, 2km downstream from the smaller Harishchandra Ghat. The 50m x 50m area has an under-sung air ...

A perfect end to India, Varanasi, India travel blog

A perfect end to India

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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... the first boats out but by 6am there were hundreds of boats going up and down the river ferrying all the tourists in IndiaVaranasi is a very religious place.  Hindu's go on pilgrimages to the Ganges here to bath, even drink the holy water, ...

Burning ghats to burning gastric pain, Varanasi, India travel blog

Burning ghats to burning gastric pain

A travel blog entry by jambo

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Both of our India videos are now uploaded!  See the Contents Page (entry #1) for all the videos. Varanasi is one of India's holiest cities and through it flows the Ganga River, the holiest river in the country.  Hindus believe that dying here ...

Fires of the Ganges, Varansi, India travel blog

Fires of the Ganges

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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... man's daughter had checked the ticket and he realised he was wrong, they all sat down very quietly. Day 1 On arrival in Varanasi, the station was packed and we were immediately picked out as fresh meat by the rickshaw wallahs. It was like flies ...

"You want a holy haircut?"

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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... in this sacred city"! Where else could you get that? During my last visit four years ago, Varanasi was the first place I went to in India. Being a novice at traveling in the developing world, I found it completely overwhelming. The oppressive summer ...

Jhansi to Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog

Jhansi to Varanasi

A travel blog entry by meandher

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Varanasi 12th June The train from Jhansi to Varanassi in Uttar Pradesh was our first experience of travelling on the worlds largest train network. After an hour and a half's wait on the platform in 40 degree heat (10pm) we were more than ready for the ...

The Holy Ganges,  moving, disturbing and alarming!, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India travel blog

The Holy Ganges, moving, disturbing and alarming!

A travel blog entry by grahamandrach

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... sellers etc ever since. Anyway, we got on a bus to Gorakpur, arriving at 8pm, then a train at midnight and arrived in Varanasi, exhausted at 4.30am. What does one do at such a time? Well, leave your bag at the station and go sightseeing of course. By 6am ...

From Bodhgaya to Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog

From Bodhgaya to Varanasi

A travel blog entry by philthy

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... in the river. Aside from exploring the riverside, Sarah and I did not do that much sightseeing. With most buildings in Varanasi's cramped alleyways (crmaped because tey are small and packed with people, cows, goats, motorcycles, etc.) it would be ...

Varanasi, city of the dead, Khajuraho and Orchha, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi, city of the dead, Khajuraho and Orchha

A travel blog entry by jeroen

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... practice of women throwing themselves on the funeral pyres which has lead to much problems in India, even recently. The relatives carry the strecher through Varanasi's narrow streets (and right under my guesthouse window) to the burning ghat, shouting ...

The holy city of India, Varanasi, India travel blog

The holy city of India

A travel blog entry by markandjade

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... lived until hundred of monks came to the Dasaswamedh ghat and performed ritual dances with loud Hindi music and singing. It was nice to be apart of something festive without touts or beggars bothering us. It made us see Varanasi in a different ...

The Holy Ganges, Varanasi!, India travel blog

The Holy Ganges

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... the Ganges lies the sacred city of Kashi, the Luminous, known as the City of 1,000 Temples, the Holy City of India, and known as Varanasi. The focal point in Varanasi iswater as a sacred force in the processes of the world. Bathers wash away their ...

Filth and Fascination, Varanasi, India travel blog

Filth and Fascination

A travel blog entry by jeffsadventures

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... , and the best Japanese food ever!   (note to self;  go to Japan) Despite all the sarcasm, Varanasi was one of my favorite places in northern India.  You just have to see, hear, smell, and even feel this place!  This, in ...

Varanasi and Mother Ganga, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi and Mother Ganga

A travel blog entry by el_condor

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... !]). Back from the ghats, towards first the old city of Godaulia, then onwards to the Cantonment and wider Varanasi, it is chaos - just utterly crazy, as only India can be. You cannot walk a foot without either being offered a rickshaw or invited to a ...

The Holy Ganges, Varanasi, India travel blog

The Holy Ganges

A travel blog entry by fishtails04

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... varied religions and spiritualities, it seems appropriate to be spending my final three days in its holiest pilgramage site. The city of Varanasi, on the banks of the holy River Ganga, or Ganges, has been recognised as a special place by the Buddha and ...

Bus-ted, Varanasi, India travel blog

Bus-ted

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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... 'a stint in India will beat the restlessness out of any living creature' - Yann Martel, Life of Pie Toil We're finally in Varanasi, India. Getting here wasn't hard, it just took time. Lots of time. We've spent the last two days on busses and to ...

Squits, ghats and mild concussion, Varanasi, India travel blog

Squits, ghats and mild concussion

A travel blog entry by wordsworths

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... , human poo and millions of flies. Everything seems to have diarrhoah and it stinks. Apart from that though we absolutely loved Varanasi. The river Ganges apart from being very holy in the hindu religion is also the centre of alot of peoples existence. ...

An unbridled mess, Varanasi, India travel blog

An unbridled mess

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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... older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together' - Mark Twain, commenting on Varanasi India - Quick Facts Before I get to Varanasi proper, how about a few quick facts about India (bear with me). It ...

Varanasi - Too much for words, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi - Too much for words

A travel blog entry by themurphys

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... , smiley, talkative.. etc etc.. like all our past places so this is a much nicer place to have a final goodbye to India in. As to Varanasi..... sorry but its too exhausting to even try and describe what it is like.... Ive tried in my head and its not ...

Holy City Zoo, Varanasi, India travel blog

Holy City Zoo

A travel blog entry by worldofbintang

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Our last few days in India.. last minute flights to Varanasi as we were running short of time (no honestly, we really wanted to take that 40 hour bus....) What can we say about the place???... arrived at the airport, taxis asking a small Indian ...

Holy Ganga Batman, Varanasi, India travel blog

Holy Ganga Batman

A travel blog entry by laurenandkris

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We are now in Varanasi, which I must say is without doubt the most impressive city I have ever been to. If you want to see the circle of life, come to this town. Small children play cricket on the Ghats next to the burning bodies of those who wish to be ...

Messing about on the river!, Varanasi, India travel blog

Messing about on the river!

A travel blog entry by tomandcharlie

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... 't take a picture but we're going on a hunt for her today! Also last night Tom was run over by a cycle-rickshaw! VARANASI TOP 5 PLAYLIST: 1). Take me to the river - Al Green. 2). Dead in the Water - David Gray 3). Fire - Crazy World of ...

Hitting the holy hotspots..., Varanasi, India travel blog

Hitting the holy hotspots...

A travel blog entry by sarah

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... website. Bodhgaya was cold and foggy every day, so we decided to push on to Varanasi, the holiest city in India for Hindus. Varanasi is known amongst travellers mainly for the prevalence of cremations at the burning ghats, where the dead are first ...

Varanasi, a quickie, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi, a quickie

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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... about 5.30) no-one was feeling too sunny but in the end some guy got her to move some of it. Bloody nightmare! In Varanasi we walked up and down for ages trying to find somewhere decent to stay and finally got somewhere next door to where we stayed ...

the weight of wood, Varanasi, India travel blog

the weight of wood

A travel blog entry by tofudan

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... sense of having been here and gone through this before. given the difficulties of getting a dead body across the vastness of india to varanasi in a timely manner, many of the devout come to hostels for the near dead and dying built right behind the ...

Man these roads are crap, Varanasi, India travel blog

Man these roads are crap

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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... end of this bumpy ride. After much mumbling and we think swearing we finally found the turn off and made it to Varanasi. The roads in India are not very well maintained. You normally drive on them at around 40km/hr and it takes ages to get anywhere. ...

The Ganges, Varanasi, India travel blog

The Ganges

A travel blog entry by jsnicka

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Varanasi. The holiest city in India. That is where we were headed on the train. Unfortunately, as is the case so often here, the trains were delayed and a scheduled 10 hour train ride turned into a 16 hour marathon. But nevertheless, we made it to ...

A 'special' train, Varanasi, India travel blog

A 'special' train

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India GMT +5:30hrs 'Travelling across India by rail is likely to yield some of the most memorable moments of your trip. Open around the clock, the stations themselves are often great places to watch the world go by, ...

Hindu Holy Sites Tour, Orchha, Khajurajo and Varanasi, India travel blog

Hindu Holy Sites Tour

A travel blog entry by allisonandjeff

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... women, snake-bite victims, small pox victims and (if we remember right) those dying of any high fever. Very interesting.... From Varanasi we took our last Indian train ride to the city of Calcutta, where we would catch our plane to Bangkok. It was ...

Holy Cow!  - -  (India), Varanasi, India travel blog

Holy Cow! - - (India)

A travel blog entry by twittg

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... the conductor found me a spot...and I didn't even have to bribe him! I woke up around 8am thinking we'd be arriving in Varanasi soon (book said 8-9:30am). I kept waiting and waiting... We didn't arrive 'til past 1pm. Oy! Varanasi is a holy city on the ...

Vivacious Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog

Vivacious Varanasi

A travel blog entry by mhaebich

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... few square metres... went at the same time the second night, but not nearly as much going on.... One of the joys of varanasi is watching a monkey fight; seeing multiple combatants spring over the 5 m wide strip of blue sky above the alley, scrambelling ...

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