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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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... to pass a McDonalds on the way home...
Anyway back to the point of the above - we got very little sleep because of the horn (I tell you we can't escape the sound of horns day or night) but also because the beds were as soft as a slab of marble so, whenever we did happen to doze off, all we dreamt about were memory foam mattresses and beef burgers - arrrgggggghhhhhhhhh!
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... a religious ceremony every night that has many tourists who come to observe. We thought we would go back tonight but after the disappointing views at this Ghat we decided to stay in. All in all I am disappointed in mother nature and the monsoons that brought flood waters to the Ganges River.
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