Hotel Surabhi International
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... but the guard ended up getting very angry and we had to bolt out of there at high speed. Whew!!
Along the way we met up with some of Sudeep's friends, one of whom was one of the priests from the ceremony last night, but that still didnt get us in. Walking as a group back towards Sita Hotel one fellow stopped at a stall selling everything from jewelry to spices...he wanted some sandalwood and his bargaining with the shop owner was something to behold. I wish I had the video ...
... talking to each other in an intensely animated way, totally undistracted by their calls, soon daunted them, until the next tout, seconds or minutes further along.
We decided to treat ourselves to the Lonely Planet food fest, following recommendations of cafes. This led us to the Brown Bread Bakery, which did not live up to expectation (huge menu, but we ...
... br> In the evening, we observed the daily puja, or offering of respect to the river, involving drums, bells, chants and lots of fire and smoke.
We also enjoyed wandering through the narrow lanes of the old city (trying in vain to avoid fresh cow pies), seeing all the strange foods, housewares, religious items, decorations and clothing for sale. And just observing Indian life. So much happens right out on the street. Auto rickshaws compete with pedal rickshaws and ...
... restaurant around the corner on the Ganga, good pizza's, shithouse toilets! Maybe that part isn't an issue because lots of blokes around here use the street, the contrast is most of the women look wonderful in their colourful sari's and behave in a more discreet way with toilet management. A quiet walk back to the Haifa Hotel, with a few purchases of breakfast tomorrow, Dale buys a few trinkets, and I get some ulcer gel. He then heads off to see if he can get a ...
... it really depends on who is guarding on the day as to whether you get in. We popped along to the next temple instead to take our offerings to Annapoorna, the goddess of food. Luckily for us our offerings were taken straight to to the goddess along with a small 'financial offering', although anyone's offerings would have for the right price of course. We then walked down towards the southern end of Varanasi along the river by the ghats and took our first bicycle rickshaw ...