Ramada Plaza JHV Varanasi
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DAY 5 - Friday, October 24, 2014: Varanasi (B,L,D)
Early morning boat excursion on the river Ganges, a ferry pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day and night. Every …
DAY 4 - Thursday, October 23, 2014: Delhi – Varanasi by flight (6E 308 at 0945/1100 hours) (B,L,D)
Morning transfer (IndiGo airline) to airport to board the flight for Varanasi
Arrive Varanasi, meet assistance & transfer to the hotel.
Lunch at Hotel
In evening attend the grand ‘ …
... It's ****, totally bloody stupid
We had a Pizza Hut for breakfast partly because it felt like lunchtime and partly to give our stomachs a meal without any spice whatsoever. We gave the lads behind the counter some British coins, I used the nice clean loos and off we went to Varanasi.
We arrived in Varanasi and was met by a hotel taxi driver. Varanasi roads are mental, I mean more mental than anywhere else I have been in India.
The hotel is in on ...
... approach to the river. It was much worse than what we had experienced in the morning- more people, more noise, more congestion. The experience is indescribable. I have made a 3 minute video of the ride to try to convey the environment we experienced which I will try to publish when we get home.
It was a physically and emotionally exhausting day, but, but, oh, what an experience! It will be remembered a very long time.
We're going to celebrate with Shanka, our new German Hindu friend and father Francis, the priest who married Shanka and his run away bride 35 years ago!! We're going to a traditional classical Indian show with musicians and dancers from all over the world, and an Indian banquet!! Happy New Year ...