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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 ...
... looking for Jed and showed her where he was. Turns out we were right and the food man was wrong. But better safe than sorry. Arriving into Varanassi train station at dark is not ideal, let alone at 1am. After being ushered out the station and eventually having about 15 guys all offering taxi services surround us, we told them, simply to back off. We finally settled on the cheapest offer of 450 rupees. After 1/2 hour if driving we made it to the town, then it took ...
... the cremations, the local Sadhus and the goings on along the river. The feeling at the ghats is incredibly peaceful (see photos!), despite the busyness of the city going on only streets away.
In the evening we took a stroll along the river to the main ghat to witness the Aarti worship that is completed every single night. Just like the worship in Haridwar there is lots of incense, flowers and fire moved around to the sound of music. In my honest opinion ...
... height: 21.2999992370605px;">One more bit of information, could be overloading you but interesting none the less...Pregnant woman, prostitutes and babies are considered 'unholy' and thus cannot be cremated, therefore are just placed into the river being tied to rocks that often fall loose and quite literally bodies will rise to the surface of the river and are left to float. Awful if you see it for yourself, I luckily did not, but my friend did. Death is looked ...
... bun on the head of the Buddha. There are three stages of enlightenment and they are philosophy, mythology, and rituals. The four main religions are Christianity, Judism, Hindus, and Islam. Rituals and mythologies are very important and religions start as a movement with a leader. Buddhism is a movement by Prince Tata who revolted the cast system of the Hindus. They believed in self-realization and that 'God' is within me. The best Emperor in India spread Buddhism amount the common people ...