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... seen other boats the day before with upwards of 10+ passengers, so this compromise wasn't so bad. The water is calm and the sky clear by the time we start. A very skinny man, probably in his 40's, rows us southbound along the ghats to see the morning action. It's an interesting ride as we get to see the locals do their thing – wash laundry, bathe themselves and perform prayers. Let's not kid ourselves..the water is very dirty and we are happy to watch them wash away their ...
... upset about some light (warm) rain but I guess if you never have the rain then you never build that immune system. Everything is so nice weather-wise in India, hot but not too dry and not humid at all. It seems like a nice place to be homeless in that sense. What I feel sad about is knowing that the homeless are freezing to death at home but here they are 'freezing to death' as well but we would never even feel ...
... with them. They are considered holy men and, like their long lost Jamaican cousins, spend their days idly puffing away at hash from their chillums.
There is no direction one can look without the vista being filled with a scrum of chaotic images of madness: desperate pilgrims, touts, Sadhus, cows, monkeys, the dying, children. Food and souvenir vendors work the crowd like a sporting event. A man with a pot of Chai that has a dish of burning coals attached beneath ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsShiva Ganges View Varanasi
Just a note - If you are staying ON the Ganges, you are NOT going to find luxury. After arriving in Varanasi, our taxi ride to the hotel had us on edge, as this was the craziest traffic we had been in since arriving in India. Our driver tried to drop us off along a random street - we had no idea where we were, so we thought we were in the wrong place and being scammed. Finally, 2 men arrived and picked up our suitcases, and we followed them down a bunch of back-alleys with motorcycles squeezing by, cows blocking the way, while trying to avoid stepping in the incredible amount of "cow patties"! Finally, we arrived at the hotel, and the owner greeted us, said we needed to rest and relax in our room, and then we could come down and check in and talk to him. We thought that was a bit odd, but we went with it. The owner was really nice, the staff was very friendly. We were on the top floor, so we had a view (mostly of hippies doing yoga on the rooftops of the other buildings, but we could also see the river). Their advice was to make sure not to have any food sitting out, because the monkeys will try to get in your room! Sleep under your mosquito net, and you'll be okay! There aren't televisions, the wi-fi is spotty, so bring something to entertain yourself while you are in your room.
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