Sandhya Guest House
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So we arrived in the ancient holy city of Varanasi. Varanasi is an incredible important city for the India's and it has the holy river the Ganges flowing through it. To the India's if you die in Varanasi you are cleansed of your sins and many old people travel here to do exactly that, die. They also have a ritual where bodies are burnt on the river …
... Lars invited everyone for a rooftop workout, so me, Rowan and new guy Jake joined him for some hardcore tabata training. Its scary how quickly I've lost my strength as my pushups were awful, squat jumps and burpees were so so hard, and just about the only thing I could manage with relative ease was the squat jumps. All in all it was great to do some intense training for a while.
As few newbies had arrived we all went to a nearby restaurant for dinner. Myself and Noor ...
... well as the death and funeral fun and games, lots of Hindus head to Varanasi on a pilgrimage to the god Sheva. We managed to time our visit to coincide with a festival dedicated to Shiva (we don't know the name - there are a few throughout the year) so there were even more pilgrims than usual. The pilgrims travel from all over India, to bathe in the filthy waters of the River Ganges. They bathe about 50 yards away from where people are burning dead bodies in the ...
... to do the passage. This place really makes it clear that it doesn't matter how rich or poor you are, the end is fatal and we all end up in the same place. Women traditionally have not been allowed at the cremation ceremonies because they are viewed as weaker hearted or emotional. When someone cries over a dead body, the crying holds the soul to the earth making it harder to pass over to heaven or hell. In order to help with this transition, women typically ...