Sahi River View Guesthouse
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... place for a Hindu to be cremated! While chanting prayers, the funeral procession carries the dead body through the alleyways of the old city towards the holy Ganges on a bamboo stretcher covered in cloths. The corpse is then doused in the Ganges prior to cremation, for families who cannot afford cremation, the deceased is transferred and tied to a rock slate, placed on a boat and rowed into the middle of the Ganges where they ...
... the main cremation ghat. For lunch, we were taken to a local place where Lalit likes to hang with his friends and take other tourists. Not in LP, this place was on the second floor off the main roads. We ordered the special Thali dish with naan and paneer – again enjoy the photos, cuz that's all that's left of it ;)
Come 530pm ish, Lalit drops us off at the hotel – we have another boat ride in the evening to catch the ganga aarti that we described in ...
... buildings, this could have come straight out of a gothic melodrama. It was all very interesting to watch but you aren’t allowed to take photos which we were told on the boat trip. This didn’t deter Paul who starting photographing the ritual burning of the bodies. This was a bit different to a sneaky photo from the boat. Straightaway he was approached by 2 or 3 men and our way through was barred as a huge fuss ensued during which he was threatened with ...
... the poisoned to death Ganges) cloths that cling to their remaining color and their wearer with equal insecurity, their feet have been battered by a thousand directionless steps and their eyes, yellow and rheumy, are a slow blinking testament to punishments endured. We stroll, we observe. This may be the oldest old time religion, but the joy of the gospel as seen in Baptist congregations back home is no where to be found. These are bells ringing in holy whateverthe****, not ...
... Dhamekh and Dhamekha)
Stupas originated as circular mounds encircled by large stones. King Ashoka built a number of stupas to enshrine small pieces of calcinated bone and other relics of the Buddha and his disciples.
The Dhamek Stupa (above) was built in 500 CE to replace an earlier structure commissioned by King Ashoka in 249 BCE, along with several other monuments, to commemorate the ...
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Very nice for the price you pay. Clean rooms, friendly staff, great location.
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