Hotel Clarks Varanasi
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- Continental Breakfast
- Drycleaning onsite
- Minbar in room
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Airport Transportation
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... past 500 years), and they light a stick from that fire and bring it down to the pyre, and circle the fire around the head five times (for earth, wind, water, fire, and soul--I think) before lighting the wood stack. The bodies burn for maybe 2.5 hours, then the families remove any bones and throw them into the river (the ashes remain there). For the bodies to rise to heaven undisturbed, it's very important that everyone at the cremation shows ...
... do but there's much less of a tourist vibe about it. One day we walked quite far down then caught a row boat back for ₹100 each as the boatman pointed out a few things to us. There are palaces along the ghats and on one of them there's a line marked MFH. Maximum Flood Height. The river rises significantly during the monsoon and this particular year it got over halfway up the palace. And try to imagine Varanasi in the rain. I ...
... cremated on the banks of the Ganga (Ganges is the English pronunciation). After being cremated the families will then spread the ashes in the river and after mourning for 12 days hold a celebration of the life of the person who has now been granted passage into the afterlife. Interestingly our guide told us that if a very young child or woman who is pregnant passes away they are not allowed to be cremated and instead they are weighed down with rocks and sent to ...
... swallowed up by smoke from the fires. Somehow, it was beautiful to watch the flames dance against the darkness. The silhouettes of loved ones stood out as they stoked the fire and mourned their loss.
We next watched the daily thanksgiving ceremony that has been taking place for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. People gather on the ghats to watch the priests go through the ceremony. They dance with fire and smoke and make beautiful music. I could have stayed there ...
... but to oblige in order to enter these sacred realms. Eventually we were able to enter the grounds and after going through the southern gate we came upon this magnificent, pristine, marble structure set amongst lush gardens and exotic blue pools of water. Words fail to describe such perfection, it was so untouched by the natural elements of the universe that it seemed like it could have been built only yesterday. It was majestic and beyond anything I could imagine. ...