Hotel Varanasi Ashok
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... The current temples and religious institutions in the city are dated to the 18th century. One of the largest residential universities ofAsia, the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), is located here.
Varanasi has ...
Arrived from overnight train journey: a nice way to join the real world again. Such a difference between booking a seat and not booking a seat - compared to our last overnight train journey that swore us off ever getting on a train again, we had AC, a little bunk with a pillow and sheet - more comfortable than some of the rooms we stay in (although not as nice as the overnight bus we took!) Got in at 6am and were bombarded by ...
... money. “Thank you so much,
now I can buy a new notebook for my best friend in the class. She is Gitanjali”
He spoke to me and ran away. He made me mousy for the next couple of minutes.
And absolutely, I was feeling dignified. After all, it was best charity entire
my life indeed. I stood up with a lofty expression on my face and bid adieu to
the Ghats along with Aaditya too.
----- Bhimeshwar Arya
... because a boatman will show up there at 5am every day to see if any backpackers fancy an early morning jaunt for ₹100 fixed price.
It's an eerie place is the pre-dawn Ganges. Everything looks like something out of a Dalí painting before the sun comes up and the haze means you can't quite tell where the river finishes and the sky starts. Y'know, apart from that definite horizontal line through the middle. Whatever. ...
... Shiva worship. I also saw a number of temples and shrines dedicated to my favorite, the elephant god Ganesh, and Monkey Temples to Hanuman, the place to go if you need something tangible, as opposed to purely spiritual, from a god. There are colorful pictures of gods painted everywhere around the Old City, and there are mini-temples and Lingams (the sign of Shiva) everywhere you look.
The story of Ganesh, and how he came to be the Elephant-headed god, ...