Hotel Surabhi International
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Heading back, 5* bought two more shirts. He likes the spotlight when wearing them. A tuktuk driver said he would take us back. He did go a different way, including through small lanes, well off the beaten track. Having seemingly come on main roads in the morning, 5* and Mark were in early panic mode that something was afoot. I accepted what the driver said and frankly enjoyed the scenery. We got back at 1610 .
Told 5* I was furious at the departure ...
... questionably clean but, there were big thick blankets, the room was damp, and the the door to the bathroom was steel; similar to something you'd see in a horror film. Then there was the toilet itself...well, it was less of a loo and more of a hole in the ground. It was squatty potty. But we'd been traveling for 14 hours, we were hungry and tired and had just walked up what seemed like a mountain with 18 kilo backpacks. So we took it. Now, it's safe to say you really get ...
... up a ticket and we boarded our train. Well, we hoped it was our train anyway, it was the only one at the station, and to get to it we had to lower ourselves onto the tracks and walk across a set of tracks then haul ourselves up the other side onto the train. That was a first!
The train lunged its way through the countryside, and after a while we had to swap seats as our tickets were pre booked and in another carriage, so we said goodbye to our new ...
... salad, the Israeli guy did an egg tomato dish, Irish Noel made a concoction of egg, mozzarella and ginger on toast which was much nicer than it sounds, Rowan made aloo Gobi and the hostel owner ordered three whole tandoori chickens! Lars also made an amazing Danish rice pudding type dish to which you add a knob of butter and a spoonful of cinnamon sugar before eating. It was so so good, and much more food than I'd had in a long time.
After dinner a few of us played a ...
... next body would come and then one man would come to do all the preparations on the seemingly ever lit pyre, dunking the body in the river first, then placing it on the pyre, leading many prayers and then taking the remains of the body back to Ma Ganga leaving certain parts (I now forget which) that cannot go because of their significance. Also pregnant women, people with contagious diseases like leprosy, those who died from snake bites and certain holy people are not put ...