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... were then treated to a spectacle which is played out every night of the year shortly after sunset. Seven priests were stood on their own Dias near the waters edge performing a ceremony that had us enthralled for about an hour. The color, the noise the crowds were just spectacular. About 30,000 people come to see this every night. We then returned to hotel via rickshaw - another exciting ride but this time in the ...
... bundled into the carriage and another Indian passenger pulled the emergency cord to stop the train, as half his family were still on the platform. After this excitement we settled down and enjoyed another journey across the flat farmland where a lot of rice is growing, eventually reaching Gorakhpur at 12.00, a journey of 6 hours. We then transferred to a bus for an interminable journey on poor roads, stopping at a a rather seedy restaurant for a late lunch ...
... on the banks of the river, the flower and also the prayer ceremony a little bit further on the ghats which were extremely relaxing and beautiful ! It happens every night and thousands of people gather around the Ghats to listen to the prayer and deposing a lotus flower lighted up on the river ! I have to say that it put me in a very relaxed mood for the evening even though going back to the hotel was no easy feat with all these people running in all directions in the streets ...
Today was a travel day as we leave Kathmandu and re-enter India, headed to the oldest continually inhabited city in the world- Varanasi, which also is where Buddha lived/ preached and Buddhism began. Varanasi is the holiest of Hindu sites and is considered to be the "Mecca" for Hindu people. As with the Islamic faith, all Hindus are expected to make a pilgrimage to Varanasi at least once ...
... little floating candles as we made our way back to the ghat. Once the sun finally went down it was time for the Aarti to begin and we had prime seats, bobbing up and down in the water, to view the Hindu prayer. Pradeep did his best to explain to us what was going on, but rather than trying to follow along we just enjoyed the theatrical nature of the prayer with singing and chanting while swinging different candles and relics. It was really neat because while there ...