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... so we were a bit behind, sadly. I was entranced by this city. He did his orientation, the usual banter. Then took us to the crematory. We rounded the corner and we all stood stunned. It was like being an part of a movie set, there is no way to describe it, perhaps Google Varansi Ghats and see what you find. It was dark and there were fires and a procession of bodies wrapped in cloth being dipped in the Ganges then being placed on the fires, a fire that is started from ...
... next day. This seemed a simple enough process but the Indian train system is almost impossible to decipher for even the most profound folk.
We made the short walk to the station from the hotel amidst horrendous amounts of traffic and people. There seemed to be no system in place for drivers and it was almost like watching Mario Kart, as cars and bikes weaved in and out, often driving onto the wrong side of the road. The paths would randomly gave way to rubble and ...
Five-fifteen may seem an unreasonable hour to rise when one is on holiday, but our boatman was booked, and so pre-dawn darkness found us tramping through tiny cobbled alleys, squeezing past waking cows, excited dogs, and trying to watch where put our feet amid the garbage and ordure. Once on the Ghats, we were amazed to find a motley collection thousands of others jostling in the half light. Among them were tourists from every continent searching for boats, near-naked holy ...
... walk the allys or the Ganges by night as it has a high robbery rate, I found this a strange fact in India's holiest city but you come to learn more and more that heavily religious people are not necessarily good people despite most religions having good morals. Varanasi's high robbery rate stems from a drug problem. The Ganges river was really big I was really surprised and its the dry season so its twice as big in the wet season. All along it steep stairs run down to the ...
... along the way.
Back at at the hotel, we had breakfast, despite it feeling like it was lunch time. It was only 9 am.
At 2 pm, we were back on the bus, this time heading to the temples listed above. At each temple, we had to remove our shoes. As we walked through the first temple, Babir graves up an explanation of the history behind the numerous religions ...