Travel Blogs from Varanasi, India

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Last day Kainchi Dham (NOW in Varanasi-what's time, Varanasi, India travel blog

Last day Kainchi Dham (NOW in Varanasi-what's time

A travel blog entry by jagadish


... this is my experience:). After about the 10th Chalisa I was summoned to have Ma's darshan (after all I was departing in 30min. for Varanasi from which this journal is being entered). I hadn't shared but had a secret desire to be in the presence of Siddhi ...

Get it India., Varanasi, India travel blog

Get it India.

A travel blog entry by ryanandbek


... to Varanasi. Exit Gorakhpur, enter Varanasi. After only a few hours of sleep we boarded the train bound for Varanasi. This was interesting...I reckon we were stared at by at least 10 locals in close proximity for the duration of the ...

Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog


A travel blog entry by thetour


... and ready to battle the aggressive touts and rickshaw drivers.  Luckily we found a cool place to stay in Shivala Ghat.  Varanasi is an extremely spiritual city. It's considered to be the closest place to heaven on earth to the Hindu's and is ...

Voluminous Varanasi Vomitting, Varanasi, India travel blog

Voluminous Varanasi Vomitting

A travel blog entry by lnb203

... into Varansasi at sixish, they were all, without exception, clutching their stomachs and appeared in need of a sturdy toilet. Varanasi was mayhem. People, cars, rickshaws, cows, manure etc everywhere. Not what I needed, particularly as I was starting ...

Indiaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Varanasi, India travel blog


A travel blog entry by nalddo


... at the beginning. Actually, people had warned me. Varanasi is a holly city that is a concentration of everything that make India. Everybody agreed on the fact that Varanasi is a good place to end a trip in India, but not to start it. But the fight against ...

Travelling Bacon, Varanasi, India travel blog

Travelling Bacon

A travel blog entry by bakes

Did a pot of retail therapy in the morning and then hurried out to catch my night train to Jaipur where I was to meet ...

Day 33 - 36 : Varanasi and the Ghats, Varanasi, India travel blog

Day 33 - 36 : Varanasi and the Ghats

A travel blog entry by bhavish


... but just picture hundreds of monkeys in and around the temple which are looked after by the people there), Vishwanath temple in the Varanasi University campus and finally the Golden temple in the Old town. After this I headed to Manikarnika. This is also ...

Happy New Year, Varanasi, India travel blog

Happy New Year

A travel blog entry by alanf


Happy New Year to everyone! I will be celebrating the new year in Varanasi, on the banks of the holy Ganga, being thankful that I am not one of the corpses being carried through the streets to the chant of "Ram Ram Shanti Hey" (Rama (god) is peace) and ...

Monkey Temple & Ram Nagar Fort, Varanasi, India travel blog

Monkey Temple & Ram Nagar Fort

A travel blog entry by hollyandstewart


Yesterday we woke up early after an awfully hot nights sleep and watched buffalo bathing and locals  doing laundry in the river. It's hard to believe that with all the rubbish, ash and rotting flesh in the water that the Indians ...

Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog


A travel blog entry by gerhard


still to ...

The Magic Bubble, Varanasi, India travel blog

The Magic Bubble

A travel blog entry by lnb203

... our benefit. Returning to The Bubble, we sat down to enjoy an evening of relaxation, watching the ever impressive sunset over Varanasi. Equally impressive was the rise of the moon over the Ganges, which was a bright (almost startling) red colour. ...

Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog


A travel blog entry by iaintara


... both a kickback; worth it for the amusement! The musical performances were both excellent. The first santoor and tabla and the second a Kathak dance performance with awesome musical accompaniment. A very cultural way to end our ...

Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog


A travel blog entry by andyandem


... booking office to open.  The Rough Guide had advised us not to attempt getting a rickshaw from the station itself, as Varanasi is rife with touts who will over-charge and take you to the wrong hotel, and be generally unpleasant and aggressive.  ...

Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog


A travel blog entry by comfortsontour


... lady traveling by herself who also stays in our hostel who is coming with us to see the ruins of a once great temple tomorrow. Varanasi has plenty of tourists, but locals are still surprised by my height it seems. People shout out "hey tall brother", or ...

River Ganges. I wouldn't exactly call it bathing, Varanasi, India travel blog

River Ganges. I wouldn't exactly call it bathing

A travel blog entry by byrnedm


... , which I tend to agree with! ***************************************** Update - March 2008 **************************************** Varanasi is one of the holiest cities in India. Seeing the worshipers bathe in the river and bodies being cremated at ...

Well we lost the cricket we took a beating ..., Varanasi, India travel blog

Well we lost the cricket we took a beating ...

A travel blog entry by monkeymouse74

... his hotel room the whole time we were there, apart from breakfast on the first day. Damn. Anyway, now we have arrived in Varanasi. I managed to catch a particularly nasty chest infection on the train ride up (34 hours!) and by the time we got here was ...

Tuk Tuk Tuk tuk tuk..., Varanasi, India travel blog

Tuk Tuk Tuk tuk tuk...

A travel blog entry by redsetter


... me of a scene from Apocalypse Now (in a nice way if that’s possible). Back up through the frantic streets of Varanasi – a monkey played aggressively on a lamp post which broke away and fell to the ground.  The monkey was still alive and ...

Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog


A travel blog entry by longwalktour


... , but Varanasi is the place that has it all, twenty times over. No, thousand years over. In Varanasi we found all that seems infamous in India and all that is inextricably connected with what makes it fascinating and beautiful. It is the most vulgar, ...

If only I'd remembered my trunks, Varanasi, India travel blog

If only I'd remembered my trunks

A travel blog entry by simonchegwyn


... or 3 times a year.  The bumpy riding continued for another 150 kms today and we were both relieved when we finally arrived in varanasi.  The hotel surya is an unusual treat and for once I am staying in quite a bit of luxury. It works out at ...

Varanasi, Varanasi, India travel blog


A travel blog entry by pmitchell1981

... , we did the standard 'city tour' where our guide DJ, took us to numerous temples, and then for a wander around the streets of Varanasi (still known as Benares to a number of the old timers living there).  Even DJ had more about him than your usual ...

Varanasi, Very Nicey, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi, Very Nicey

A travel blog entry by eriklang


... next in line to assist in their purchase of firewood, which is very expensive for the average Indian.  In a place like Varanasi, I figured it couldn’t hurt my karma to help them out.  There are 60-70 cremations per day taking place at ...

Cow Pies and Train Rides, Varanasi, India travel blog

Cow Pies and Train Rides

A travel blog entry by nyckelly3


... on the final arrival time. Or, as a local would bobble his head and say: It’s "just on time." My final thought on Varanasi: For a city so entirely consumed by religion, which is at the core of every one of its citizens, I’ve never seen a place ...

Our of the frying pan..., Varanasi, India travel blog

Our of the frying pan...

A travel blog entry by pete.angell

... upstream, the sewerage from the city and not to mention the countless bodies/body parts that are laid to rest in the river. Varanasi is a central focal point of Hinduism and is regarded as one of the 5 tirthas, which is where our world and the spirit ...

Beyond words...., Varanasi, India travel blog

Beyond words....

A travel blog entry by cassbrill


... had backup power. By this point we didnt mind being victims of any scheme - we just wanted a clean, safe room. Exploring Varanasi was quite an experience - here's a bit of background from the lonely planet)"apparently there's no better way to hedge ...

fire and water, Varanasi, India travel blog

fire and water

A travel blog entry by leendunc


... to the Ganges, Kumbh Mela . It is held every six years with a bigger gathering every 12 years. North west of Varanasi in Agrabad, where the convergence of three rivers forms the Ganges, celebrations reach their peak.  This January an estimated 100 ...

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India travel blog

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

A travel blog entry by yushim

A 13 hour local bus ride, an all day trip to get to Varanasi, Uttar ...

India's Holiest City, Varanasi, India travel blog

India's Holiest City

A travel blog entry by jameshopkinson


Friday 10th September We had a fourteen hour train journey from Haridwar to Varanasi. I think that is the longest yet. But I slept for most of it, so it didn't seem too long. I’d got used to a cooler and manageable 26 degrees up in the north and it ...

India, you got me, Varanasi,  India travel blog

India, you got me

A travel blog entry by stortney


... in India and you never have to look far for a smile, a game of cricket or someone flying a kite. There's some negatives about Varanasi and I've met some people who have hated it here. There's a lot of rubbish on the street (like most other places in ...

Final thoughts on volunteering, Varanasi, India travel blog

Final thoughts on volunteering

A travel blog entry by probable_hermit


Two weeks in the most enlightening, dirty smelly city I've ever been to. I've left Calcutta, I'm in Varanasi. But I'm still going to talk about Calcutta, because my time there deserves it. Volunteering in Calcutta is a unique experience. Not just ...

Varanasi - Part 2, Varanasi, India travel blog

Varanasi - Part 2

A travel blog entry by travelnshit


... habitually you tend to go around looking like you just ripped someone's throat out with your teeth. The people of Varanasi love this shit. Elsewhere in India I've seen people putting a betel nut with either a paste or a white powder in the leaf and ...

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