Hotel Ok International
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... Muslims, at least, seem very moderate in their views; they respect other religions and very often the women appear unveiled. This in no way detracts from their determination to lead a life in accordance with their beliefs, and our delightful guide in Agra had to build his tour with us in order to mesh with his Friday prayers.
If Hindus and Buddhists together make up the vast majority of Indians, there are many other important sects. Our lovely driver in Delhi, Agra ...
... As an aside, all these tombs we have been visiting were Muslim, as to this day Hindus believe in cremation, a reality which we were to see in graphic detail later.
The tomb is set in a vast, square Persian style walled garden, with gates on each side. All is perfectly square and symmetrical with paths, pools and water channels dividing the spaces into further squares. Fragrant and flowering trees provide some shade. At the centre is a huge two-storey square ...
... here to what I have been raised to see it as so was definitely a hair raiser for me.
Overall Varanasi was not one of my favourite stops although it's commonly known to be one for others, I found it the dirtiest of all cities I've visited and an uncomfortable air about it. I really don't know how well I deal with the idea of death being so exposed and although normal for ...
... a little shocking as this wasn't what we expected on a sunset cruise! And all the more unbelievable that they think the water here is clean and pure when in actual fact recent studies have shown that the River Ganges at Varanasi are now clinically septic and contains no traces of oxygen!
How locals are not ill by drinking and bathing in this water is a miracle - perhaps this is reason to ...
... come and force the women to open the door. I don't know how we did it but we now had close to 60 in the car.
At most station stops food vendors were selling their wares through the window in our non-air conditioned car.
I stayed up the whole night dosing off once or twice. At one point in the middle of the night as we left a station a teenage boy came running up to the car jumped and tried to grab an earring off a woman's head. He didn't get the earring but ...