The Golden Buddha

Sarangnath Colony, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221007, India | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Varanasi

Sightseeing in Varanasi

A travel blog entry by phildyard


... before heading out to Sarnath, the Buddhist area of Varanasi. It was in this area that the Buddha gave his first lessons to his five followers. It is a sacred place for all Buddhists and we saw Buddhists from a number of different countries visiting the site.

We had an hour or so to relax at the hotel before heading out to a restaurant where we were able to have water buffalo ...

The holy city

A travel blog entry by hayleymarsh


... swimming in it. As we headed upstream the sun rose on the eastern bank and provided some amazing views. When heading back downstream I spotted in the distance a procession where a group of men were bringing a persons body down for cremation. I didn't get to see any ashes being committed to the river or any dead bodies floating, which was somewhat of a relief. In the Hindu religion there are three exemptions to being cremated, pregnant women, children under the age of 16 years ...

North India Part Two: Mother Ganga and Beyond

A travel blog entry by nicoleloser


... Yes, the breathing, chanting and 'om'ing wasn't really my thing, but all in all I did come out feeling rather refreshed and relaxed. No reportable epiphanies or gaining of enlightenment though I'm afraid. Better luck next time.

Anyhoo, after our morning yoga session and a very modest breakfast seated on the floor in the cafeteria where silence was to be observed (but never was), we exited the confines of the Ashram to explore a bit of Rishikesh. ...

Varanasi, The Holy City

A travel blog entry by bevj


... bodies are just put in the river. Babies and pregnant women are not burnt for example. Also you have to pay for the cremation so not everyone can afford it. The man who owns the ghat lives in a very fancy house just a couple of hundred yards away. He must be wealthy as the cremations go on for 24 hours a day. Animals lie in the warm ashes and the smoke can be suffocating if you get down wind. I was completely fascinated by all this, gruesome as it sounds.

My kind of crazy

A travel blog entry by jonpoland


... understanding of how to handle them.

When I see how they are beginning to handle the thangkas to get them into the tubes, I cry halt and reassert control. I make it very clear what handling methods I find OK and what is not OK. You would think with shipping thangkas as their main business (their office overlooks the Boudhanath Stupa)...but I guess they never see the result at the other end. The process goes fine after that, but I ...


This hotel, located on Sarangnath Colony, Varanasi, is near Dasaswamedh Ghat, Banaras Ghats, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), and Manikarnika Ghat.
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