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... a long day, leaving at 4 am then 10-11 hours drive from Varanasi to Lumbini in Nepal, via Gorakpur. We thought it was going to be in jeeps but it's a mini bus, it's only 300 odd kilometres but the roads are **** with trucks on them and we have a order crossing. Dale and I are the only ones who have Visa's for Nepal, the others have to get $25 US to pay for the visa's at the border, otherwise they stay in India. Namaste from Varanasi- this is our last night in India for this ...
... is best seen in and around the ghats, from sadhus to other types. We boarded our boat as it is easier to get a more distant but accessible view from the water.
We first drifted downstream to the Manikarnika Ghat. Vishnu at the dawn of time dug a hole here for bathing. It is also the place of a 5,000 year old flame, used today to light cremations. Shiva lost a jeweled earring [manikarnika] here, standing in awe of the sacred sight.
It was a mighty row upstream back to ...
The train was delayed, so we were trying to make ourselves comfortable in the rather cramped quarters until about 1:20pm. As we were leaving the platform I noticed a man lying on the ground. Nothing unusual in India, there are usually people curled up and sleeping next to bags and on mats. But he was by himself, not on a mat, on his back, and flies were going up his nose. Again, might just be a case of locals can hack it... But his chest isn't moving, and the ...
... on language. But you'll still have groups of people from 3 countries all speaking their own language most of the time but speaking any other language they can when trying to communicate with certain people. I spoke broken Spanish to an Italian girl who understood little English, and the people from Lebanon would speak in three languages to each other and then pick the most useful when speaking to anyone else.
... on the round about drinking and driving and one sign caught my eye and it said and I quote, ' please drive slow, life is precious'. I have only seen 3 people smoking since I have arrived in India's. Oh yes, we are still waiting for the bad smell that everyone is talking about. I think our bus went a bit faster but not a lot. Lots of farm land for sure and it is starting to get brown as we are coming into the hot season. before we got into Delhi we drove through what ...