TripAdvisor Reviews Jaipurai Hotel Varanasi
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Walking around the grounds of the stupa *** and ruins was lovely, it was baking hot and getting soaked by a garden sprinklers was a happy accident.
A group of Oriental people were sat under a big teach listening to teachings from a group of Buddhist monks so we sat on a bench and watched. We had to stop ourselves laughing out loud when the naughty monks at the back were on their mobile phones.
We stepped outside to find the taxi driver ...
... the holiness of religion, at least of the Hindu religion, among most all of the people you talk to.
There are also animals everywhere here in Varanasi. Cows wander about, seemingly without tending during the day, considered sacred and carefully avoided by the taxis, SUV’s, motorcyclists, bicyclists, cart haulers and pushers, and pedestrians. That means there is plentiful cow dung in most streets, which makes the practice of going barefoot into ...
... to give it a shot.
The shop that we visited was very nice, a family run business and we had one of the owners give us a wonderful tour of the looms that are still used to make some of the products. The color and texture of the silk they were using was just exceptional and we were as good as finished by the time he began to show us some of the different items that he had for sale. So after a tour of the various wraps, scarves and beautiful brocade ...
... br> I scanned around and got eye contact with him at the same time he spotted us.
Nandan was Indian, Hindu and born and lived in Varanasi all his life.
We started walking, and Nandan started talking. He asked us what specifically we were interested in so that he could gear his walk to that. Our response was effectively everything, but we phrased it as "daily life of people in Varanasi and the religious importance of the Ganges and the rituals that surround it."
... the following morning. We went on a long walk along the ghats that run alongside the Ganges.
The river Ganges is considered to be holy to the Hindu people. It is said that the Godess Ganga fell on Shiva and then to Earth and anyone who bathed in her waters would achieve salvation and could be washed on their sins. (This is a very short version of the story, feel free to research the rest as it is very interesting). Therefore, many people come to Varanasi to die and ...