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... locals, herders bathing their water buffalo, sadhus (wandering holy men) sitting smoking pot contemplating life. It's amazing. Dogs here upset me. They are still in very bad condition and I am shocked there is not an NGO here pulling them off the street, neutering them, vaccinating them and putting them back because as you would expect the dog population from last year seems to have doubled. When one kicks off, all the packs kick off and the locals who try and break it up get ...
... far, ten countries and perhaps forty religious sites. I tried to go to the Hindu Golden Temple in Varanasi, dedicated to Shiva, less than a ten-minute walk from my hotel. According to everyone’s reports non-Hindus may enter, but there is a lot of security in the area because the Golden Temple is the holiest of the Shiva temples in this holiest of Hindu cities. There is also a mosque very nearby, and apparently this temple has had a history of trouble, so ...
... be hauling around three extra guides that night) and headed for the wedding. The decorations were absolutely stunning and under a huge tent there was a big party taking place when we arrived. There was a stage up front, holding the attention of most of the male guests thanks to a belly dancer, and in the rear of the tent there were huge tables setup with incredible amounts of food to feed all of the guests. After being introduced to dozens of other people (everyone ...
... with string, just the heads, no stalks. Nandan took us up some steps so we could look down on the activity and get some great photos.
Varanasi has been destroyed many times over the centuries which is why, despite it being one of the oldest cities in the world there are no surviving ancient structures. The oldest building in Varanasi is a beautifully carved stone shrine to Shiva, one of the three main Hindu Deities. It was approximately 400 years old. A Shiva shrine can ...
... portion of our tour in Varanasi. We went to a unique temple, Mother Earth Temple. It was a square structure with a topographical map of India in the centre.
Next we went to the University where 20,000 students attend. There are 115 departments and it covers 5 square kilometres. Vishwanath Temple is located within the University grounds. There was a beautiful linga shrine that many people had come to offer water, flowers and leaves.
It was getting late and ...