Chaitanya Guest House
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TravelPod Member ReviewsChaitanya Guest House Varanasi
Our small double room with bathroom. Shower with hot and cold water. Fan, cost 500 inr per night (our nabo had a bigger room but not so much daylight for 450inr).
They only have 4 rooms. One ac for 1000 inr. The fan room we have in the front and the ac room would be the best once to pick .
Right on assi ghat. Good pizza close by , and open hand cafe up the street with good food and shopping.
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... city). From there we negotiated a boat ride down the river. (The river flows north through the city of Varanasi) It was nice to see all the Ghats as the sun set behind them. The boat was a row boat and the driver let us take turns rowing. I'm sure he was happy to let us row. It was a lot more difficult than I thought as the oars were home made and were tied to the boat via rope versus have a fixed pivot point. After an hour on the boat we got off the boat at ...
... bloke. We then headed to an Ashram where we learnt about Sanyasi how certain men will give up their former lives, family, even names to become the saffron robe adorned Sadhus in the hope of achieve ding moksha we saw where they live and heard about how some know their time of death so are buried alive because they know they will die then anyway?!?!
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... that needed stoking or some ****.
- Once the body is totally burned (apart from the breastbone which doesn't burn and is thrown into the river) the ashes are unceremoniously hosed into the Ganga. Like, literally, with power hoses that draw from the river and blast the sludge away as people pick through it to find gold teeth or jewellery, or basically anything valuable that hasn't burned or melted that they can flog. And you ...
... delicious fresh breakfast with unusually for India decent free wifi. Next it was off in the tuktuks to a sacred site for Buddhists where Buddha preached his first sermon over 2600 years ago. Our first temple was one built by the Chinese community but maintained now by Thai Buddhists. The Chinese all left following the war with china in 1960. Round the corner was another Buddhist temple with a sacred Bodhi tree transplanted from Sri Lanka 80 years ago,on ...
... recognised because they have a cow (not a real one) positioned outside the shine but facing Shiva. One cool little feature was a bit of a signature left by the lead stonemason. The carvings on all the columns included many small carvings of panelled wooden doors, each one with 8 panels. One door carving however was unique and had 10 panels, something we didn't spot despite being told and looking for it.
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