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... They tie stones to the body and drop them in the middle of the river. We spent quite a few hours just watching the cremation sites and the sunset over the river. We then got dinner and headed home. We spent some time chatting with our hostel mates. There was this young couple who had quit there corporate job to start a tourism business in Varanasi. We talked for a while about their motivation and business models. Sounded interesting we'll see isn't works out. Headed to bed soon ...
... tuk to take me to the Buddhist monument called Sarnath. This was an enormous temple and monastery complex begun in the 4th century BCE that is about 13 km from Varanasi—the price was a non-negotiable 400 rupees for the round trip, with an hour of waiting for me to tour; about $7—and the ride out took quite a while over the worst roads I have yet been on in India, which is saying something. Many of them were barely paved, or unpaved with lots ...
... nice and we were told so many times how great it was to see us there) one of the other guides took us under his wing and we headed for the buffet. It was great to have some help with the food since we were able to avoid anything super spicy and had a chance to try a little of everything. This was probably the best meal we have had during our whole time in India and it was incredible because there was three full buffets full of huge pans of food, and for there to be ...
... swallowed up by smoke from the fires. Somehow, it was beautiful to watch the flames dance against the darkness. The silhouettes of loved ones stood out as they stoked the fire and mourned their loss.
We next watched the daily thanksgiving ceremony that has been taking place for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. People gather on the ghats to watch the priests go through the ceremony. They dance with fire and smoke and make beautiful music. I could have stayed there ...
... I arrived back at the train station with the passports we were once again at the back of the queue having missed our turn.
Despite the stress of the last few days I was actually content and joyful. These incidents are what make travelling so exciting and the sights and sounds of Delhi were incredible to my Western eyes. I loved the madness of the traffic and the smell of smoke and spices, the cows and dogs roaming the streets in harmony oblivious to the dangers and ...