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... and lasted an hour. Some of it was similar to what happens in a normal temple. A lot of it was more showy. They had five priests doing the aarti simultaneously. We then met up with our friend from the Agra train station and had some dinner. Lastly we went to The Blue Lassi. Apparently it's voted the best lassi place in India. It was good but nothing remarkable. I had a mango papaya lassi. We finally then came back to the hostel and I immediately fell ...
... shouting “Hey you, Ramit go that way! You guy on the scooter stop that! Big truck go right!” and all sorts of hilarious things. The fact that a major intersection is controlled by a guy with a microphone and a speaker pretty much sums up the “rules of the road” in India very nicely.
When we finally reached the car and paid our rickshaw driver for navigating us to safety without killing us or any of the sacred cows, we climbed back ...
... 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 ...
... be cast out of our transport amongst this madness. Horns blared and people diced with death in order to reach the station ten seconds earlier; I felt like I was part of some train related rally as this could only explain the sheer number of people and cars around at this time in the evening. Chaos is an understatement.
Eventually we arrived at the station and given that we had three hours to wait we made for the waiting room. The moment we entered all eyes ...
... crew claims she was waiting for someone to tell her the sleep deprivation trial was finished! We're all extremely tired but I guess this is an experience that not many people have had. The guys cook up a wonderful breakfast, bags packed, tents pulled down and boats loaded and at 8am we're back on the river. We glide down the Ganga all morning, pulling into the back for the occasional toilet breaks and a last stop for another fabulous lunch - ...