Ginger Hotel Haridwar
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Woke Lady E with a cup of Chai in bed at 06:00 in order to avoid the mid day sun and peak mentalness / crushing etc. A wonderful peaceful morning stroll all the way along the Ghats watching the first bathers get stuck in. Lots of lecture tents with lots of Holymen and free food everywhere we just wish we could speak a bit of Hindi to understand a …
... a few giant lines (well jostling crowds vaguely resembling a line) of hundreds of people and a few short lines. The signs in front of the glass-partitioned counters were not in English so we had to use the tried and true method of asking people until we found someone who spoke enough broken English to point us in the right direction. Praying that the refund line was one of the short ones, we unsuccessfully asked around until we looked helpless ...
The Laxman Jhula bridge is controlled by a mafia of monkeys, who perch on the cables of the bridge waiting for unsuspecting tourists to cross over with food in their hands. They were a lot of fun to watch as they swung from the cables above and below the bridge, until the day I unthinkingly crossed the bridge one day with a bag full of nuts and had to deflect a monkey that tried to jump onto my arms to claim his prize.
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... in a headlock and told him nicely but firmly to go away. We didn’t stay there very long.
When it was time for us to participate in the ceremony, we each bought a bowl made of huge leaves and filled full of flowers and incense. A "priest" of some sort for a tip provided a lighter and helped you light your candle and incense. Then, you got in the water and floated your bowl full of prayers and blessings down the ...
... entrance to the bridge, whether they had been heading off already or had had to about-face and make a dash for it. Once the monkeys calmed down, the crowd of people semi-circled around the entrance to the bridge slowly continued about their business.
The same day during yoga class, there were some monkeys... monkeying around (sorry couldn't resist) on the railings of the balcony just outside the yoga hall. Then all of the sudden two ...
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