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Travel Blogs from Varanasi
After spending two days travelling to Khajuraho we were easy targets for our hotelier to convince us to take a car to Satna for the connecting overnight train to Varanasi. It was expensive but we were short of time and it gave us nearly an extra day. Anyway... we did it and that was that. The car journey was uneventful, as was the overnight train …
As yesterday was the half-way mark of my trip, and I have been on the road again today, I spent some time wondering what it is that drives me to travel. After all, if it was just a bit of sunshine, I might as well have booked myself into a nice 5 star hotel in Majorca for a couple of weeks. Job done. And today, having just mastered the craziness which is arrival in Varanasi (Benares), that option does indeed look very enticing. India is many things, but easy it ain't. ...
... As we were cream ceackered we only stayed for an hour or so and had a good nights sleep. (Dave's birthday - poor lad)
Wednesday 7 Aug 2013 (Dave's revised birthday)
Chill out day around the pool and the a trip to the Ghats at sunset although due to cloud cover we didn't see any sunset and due to the overflowing Ganges saw bugger all of the Ghat steps that Varanasi is so famous for. Neer mind the Tuk Tuk rides made it all worthwile - ...
The twelve hour train turned into fourteen and a half hours. It was to bad as we were in a compartment with three Danish people and a German, it wasnt long before we made the beds up to try and get some kip, this wasnt happening for me so i just listened to my ipod.
Once we arrived in Varanasi we got a tuk tuk to the Ghats which is the main area of the city, a few english guys in Goa had advised us on a gueshouse to stay in "Shanti Guest House" ...
... which was kind of surreal. We watched as a family and priest prepared a man's body by laying him on a platform over a carefully measured pile of wood, covering him with beautiful cloths, sprinkling him with holy water and oil and then finally setting the body on fire. Smoke wafted into the air as the wood and body began to burn. We left before it was done because it felt a little strange to be watching the burning like we were watching ...
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