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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 ‘ …
... Banaras Hindhu University. It was nice but nothing too special relative to the other temples we had seen in India. We then walked around the large campus with lots of greenery, gardens and trees. We then got lunch near the campus and then headed to the next temple. The next temple we went to was the monkey temple. It was very dirty inside. There were many monkeys playing around and there were quite a few Ram and Hanamun idols to be seen, but overall it ...
... we saw out and about. We made it through the maze of backstreets and made it to The Ganges, expecting to hit a cacophony of smells noise and people. It was silent. We were at Shivala Ghat, one of the more well known areas of Varanasi's slice of the Ganges River, and were really surprised by the quiet. There were groups of men playing cards with tense hands exchanging torn rupee notes, and a farmer cleaning his cattle in ...
... that needed stoking or some ****.
- Once the body is totally burned (apart from the breastbone which doesn't burn and is thrown into the river) the ashes are unceremoniously hosed into the Ganga. Like, literally, with power hoses that draw from the river and blast the sludge away as people pick through it to find gold teeth or jewellery, or basically anything valuable that hasn't burned or melted that they can flog. And you ...