Hotel Temple on Ganges
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... the connection, Anna!
We took a boat tour on the Ganges river, which was really interesting and full of great history. I wish I would have written it all down. A couple fun facts:
- Almost all of the houses are on west bank of the river because many people there pray to the sun and they want to be able to see and pray to the sun in the mornings
- This river is considered a god, and so ...
... from Blue. A simple barren shop with white wall tiles, we sat on the only two small benches wide enough for four customers.
Lassi vendor proceeded to whip up my mixed fruit lassi topped with pomegranate and pistachios. The fact that he had to crush some ice from a plastic tub, should have send my alarm bells ringing but I held my doubts until the clay cup of goodness presented itself. We dug in and did not put down the cup ...
Varanasi is the holiest of the seven sacred cities and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. Some Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Varanasi is also known as the favourite city of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva.
We walked along the Ganges River past all the various ghats until we reached the main funeral ghat. The ghats ...
... by the waiters and room cleaners at Riverview, by the Raja of Jodhpur and his wife the Princess Sushma of Jaisalmer, and by the Television Producer, Pramod Mathur and his wife Neelima who entertained us to dinner at the International Centre in Delhi simply on the grounds that we had been unable to share their home in Nainital for a couple of nights.
The Raja Chandra Vijay Singh befriended us early on ...
... We cruised up and down the river for an hour or so. Essentially we were taking photos of people having their daily shower. It was pretty cool to see, the rituals and clothes washing happening in the Ganges. Which may be holy, but I would say clean. Next up was the town of Khajuraho...the sexy caves. We boarded the night train at 5pm. Earlier that day the guest house owner had taken us to the temples, on the way we stopped for a Lassi, a traditional indian ...