Travel Blogs from Varanasi, India

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Varanasi - The Holy City, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi - The Holy City

A travel blog entry by malariamonday

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... we had to go up.  We walked up a narrow alley, dodging various forms of excrement and urine (the old part of Varanasi consists of a network of narrow alleyways.  They are beautiful an awe-inspiring, however, they are also littered with cow, ...

Karma's a Bitch, Varanasi, India travel blog

Karma's a Bitch

A travel blog entry by djchurch

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... hundred metres from the jumping flames of the bonfires, we were approached by a couple of young men. This was non-stop in Varanasi, and at the burning ghat, tourists were always approached by young men who claimed to volunteer at the hospice next to the ...

The Accountant who could read palms, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India travel blog

The Accountant who could read palms

A travel blog entry by beats

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... I have ever met before!" enthused James as we sat on a second floor balcony overlooking the River Ganges and the town of Varanasi, "He's only here for a short while, on a short term assignment working as an accountant!" The Accountant Who Could Read Palms ...

Travels with Two Buddhas: Turning the Dharma Wheel, Walking in Buddha's Footsteps in Sarnath, India travel blog

Travels with Two Buddhas: Turning the Dharma Wheel

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... University lies, newly built. At this Tibetan University, the Dalai Lama gave a several-day lecture to the most learned scholars in India: this was not your ordinary dharma talk. As it was open to the public, I was able to attend. The main text of ...

Varanasi, a city of learning and burning, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi, a city of learning and burning

A travel blog entry by anelegantchaos

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... It can be upsetting to watch at times but this is real life and something Hazel and I value so much. At dusk Varanasi reclaims the atmosphere of an ancient city. The crumbling frontal stonework becomes covered in a shroud of twilight, allowing the ...

Still Number One.., Varanasi, India travel blog

Still Number One..

A travel blog entry by natandkat

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Greetings from the 'oldest living city' on earth, Varanasi. Glorified by myth and legend and sanctified by religion, Varanasi has always attracted a large number of pilgrims (estimated at over 1 million per annum) and worshippers from the four corners ...

Varanasi - The Holy Death City, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi - The Holy Death City

A travel blog entry by worldismycanvas

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... ), one of the bodies comes loose from the rocks tied to it and it bobs along the surface ... very nice. Before coming to Varanasi we visited Kanha National Park. The park was incredibly beautiful ... clean air, open meadows, forests of large trees and ...

Life, death and explosions on the Ganga, Varanasi/Benares, India travel blog

Life, death and explosions on the Ganga

A travel blog entry by mimmik

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... , religion and history. It was a bit of a rough start for me in this city, but it does have a happy ending! I arrived in Varanasi after an ordeal of not getting a place on the night train in Satna after the long, bumpy bus from Kajuraho (I'm not doing ...

Following Buddha's footsteps, Sarnath, India travel blog

Following Buddha's footsteps

A travel blog entry by youngtravellers

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... museum (it cost 2 rupees...entry to the park cost 100...honestly, who does the money stuff here?) we headed back to Varanasi.  For your information, the museum was quality, though not necessarily a font of information.  The big room with the ...

Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi

A travel blog entry by kevandsian

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Hi Guys, You can read our update from Varanasi, India in our entry from Pokhara, Nepal entitled 'Escape from India!'. Cheers, K & ...

A Man, A Mask, A Massage, Varanasi, India travel blog

A Man, A Mask, A Massage

A travel blog entry by djchurch

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... the night. No doubt there were other paying victims he had to attend to. The next day Danayi and I walked around Varanasi like a pair of arthritic senor citizens leaning on each other for support and quietly whimpering in pain. But we were healthy, ...

Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi

A travel blog entry by tavini

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... . Ironically, the most holy spot in India is also the one where the worst sacrilege against nature is being perpetrated... India, and especially Varanasi is hard on the eyes, the ears and especially the nose. Yet, somehow, this overload contains positive ...

I see dead people....., Varanasi, India travel blog

I see dead people.....

A travel blog entry by hils

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... it is said that if you die in Varanasi you will be released from the cycle of reincarnation, so people from all over India come to Varanasi to die. We saw about 2 dozen cremations in the hour we stood there. It sounds really morbid but there was ...

The mind-boggling Ganga river, Varanasi/Benares, India travel blog

The mind-boggling Ganga river

A travel blog entry by mimmik

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... with a Robert De Niro accent) And I do know now that I don't want to be dipped in the oogy Ganga after I kick it! It's just these kinds of little, inconsequesntial thoughts that seem to occur to you when you're travelling, especially in ...

The Holy Ganges, Varanasi, India travel blog

The Holy Ganges

A travel blog entry by jessnel

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... " experience, it was interesting to be talking to the woman, whose marriage was not arranged but a love marriage. Yoga class in Varanasi Jesse's turn to narate again. Since we were going to be in Varinasi for 5-6 days, we figured this would be ...

Holy city on the Ganges, Varanasi, India travel blog

Holy city on the Ganges

A travel blog entry by alinmattrtw2005

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... our train eventually pulled into the station at almost 3pm!! Well, what can you do? This is India right?! Our tuktuk ploughed through the bustling streets of Varanasi like we have never seen before, swerving in and out...then he dropped us and we ...

Varanasi - the Holy dump, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi - the Holy dump

A travel blog entry by suenson_taylors

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... chaos, Divodasa was appointed King of Krashi by Brahma. He accepted the appointment on condition that all the gods would leave Varanasi. Brahma accepted this condition with one of his own, that Divodasa had to perform a complex ceremony of horse sacrifice ...

Entering the land of many!!!!!, Varinasi, India travel blog

Entering the land of many!!!!!

A travel blog entry by martinandheike

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... out of the back door quite casually... The roads are rife with monkeys everywhere and just run amok. Welcome to India!!! We originally had planned on heading to Gorkapur, which on our arrival we discovered housed the whole world's mosquito ...

Holy waters, they look so tired., Varanasi, India travel blog

Holy waters, they look so tired.

A travel blog entry by rebn

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... to walk anywhere without being accosted. It wears you out. That's the "hard" part when it comes to travelling in India. Varanasi is a city that invites the visitor to sit and observe; the people watching potentials are endless. One particular morning, ...

Vivid Varanasi - Holy Ganges., Varanasi, India travel blog

Vivid Varanasi - Holy Ganges.

A travel blog entry by heatheravan

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... in the filth that is the Ganges. We also went back to the Ganges at sunrise to get a different perspective. From Varanasi we also visited Sarnath, a pilgrimage site for Buddhists. This is where Buddha supposedly preached his first sermon to a handful of ...

holy rivers, Varanasi, India travel blog

holy rivers

A travel blog entry by pshemek

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... as the deceased are burned with their jewelry. Babas smoked chillums of marijuana as a devotion to Shiva, the patron god of Varanasi. Congregations of men played cards on mats at the corners of the temples and touts snatched up curious tourists to explain ...

Come on baby light my fire, Varanasi, India travel blog

Come on baby light my fire

A travel blog entry by phil_and_lisa

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... its own good reataurant. Our room was far better than the "decent" one in Calcutta and for half the price. Varanasi is one of the holiest places in India. It is set on the banks of the river Ganges and people come to bathe in the holy waters. They ...

Varanasi - life and death!, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi - life and death!

A travel blog entry by mandibee

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... ganges its amazing how happy a nice room can make you.  So we sat for a few beers then went for a wander. So exploring Varanasi to get anywhere you have to walk through a huge maze of tiny lanes all covered in giant piles of cow shit not to mention ...

Dead Body Below !!, Varanasi, India travel blog

Dead Body Below !!

A travel blog entry by mandibee

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... back to to the balcony to continue nosing we met 2 guys just arrived Martin and Alex from Manchester, they had literally arrived here in Varanasi just put their bags in the room then sat down to take in the view and the first thing they seen was bob ...

Sunrise on the Boat & Lunar Eclipse Party !, Varanasi, India travel blog

Sunrise on the Boat & Lunar Eclipse Party !

A travel blog entry by mandibee

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... many lanes as beers were getting boring – 50 mins later (that’s good going for finding any shop up those lanes in Varanasi) they return with whiskey and vodka woo hoo. So not only were we fully stocked with booze and good company it turns out ...

Varanasi - Holy City of India, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi - Holy City of India

A travel blog entry by djchurch

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... tourists. At last we stumbled out of the maze, found our guesthouse, and saw our first view of the Ganges, holiest river of India. Varanasi is one of a few cities in the world that vies for the title of Oldest City in the World, in the company of ...

peace amongst chaos, Varanasi, India travel blog

peace amongst chaos

A travel blog entry by pshemek

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... and devotion crippled by her pollution and septic depths, but like any loving mother she embraces her children despite their mistreatment. Varanasi is a highly cultured city and hosts a multitude of music events in the evenings. As I grab a quick snack ...

Kashi (City of Life), Varanasi, India travel blog

Kashi (City of Life)

A travel blog entry by aborder

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Varanasi, India - Varanasi was always on my itinerary and finally, I made it here. For weeks and months, whenever anyone mentions Incredible India, they mention Varanasi. What they saw.....where they ate.........who they met. I was excited but also a ...

The Holy Ganges, Burning Bodies and lots of  Poo, Varanasi, India travel blog

The Holy Ganges, Burning Bodies and lots of Poo

A travel blog entry by hildreth75

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... ......Luckily we were able to book a first class, air con, reclining seat Volvo bus and slept blissfully all 10 hours to Varanasi...after riding that government bus we were in heaven. (Now for some Dave MccPune)     We ...

Spirits, Varanasi, India travel blog

Spirits

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... do this as she needed to talk about the non-payment of the rickshaw. She sent me to get some water. Now, as you walk around Varanasi, people always offer you hash, and I was getting pretty sick of it, so I decided to take some action. This guy cam up and ...

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