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... make it a pleasant place, they just made it soulless. It did however have India's second most visited attraction after the Taj Mahal - the rock garden. Ever heard of it? We hadn't either... this was an arty collection of statues made of bits of rubbish a guy has collected from the villages that were destroyed in order to build Chandigarh. It was built in secret for about ten years until the government discovered it. To be honest I'm not sure I really 'got' it but some of the statues ...
... action. The river does its best to sweep away the usual array of litter, giving Varanasi a slightly cleaner, more serene (even spiritual?) feel and the many sewer outfalls don't seem to deter the pilgrims from their holy journey. The heat meant we didn't have the energy to explore much beyond the river and we both couldn't wait to reach our next stop up in the Himalaya to finally cool down. Our final overnight train in India (get the violins out) took us ...
... of them and it started to shake the tree it was sitting on. They say not to look them in the eye... its an aggressive act to them.
Dinner was nice tonight... spiciest of the trip so far. We took down a lot of water... we mixed in some raspberry powder into the water to mix it up and it was really good. After dinner we all relaxed in the living room and had a great conversation with one of Alok's friends who was in town from England. He was ...
... a piece of tiramisu and black coffee.. The fried eggs arrived about 5 minutes after I had finally drained my coffee, and after explaining that there is a defined order to breafast, i made the point that the eggs dont come last. Then I sent them back. So, that's 2 chefs I have annoyed. I refuse to eat eggs after tiramasu, but doesn't everyone?
Then it was down to the spa and steam bath, where my camel and other wounds were soothed and my usual clean ...
... A few minutes later the housekeeper woman came in and set down some bowls with a type of rice oatmeal. It was sweet, chewy and hit the spot. After that she brought in some egg sandwiches that had fresh veggies in them and we gobbled them up. At breakfast a few other guests trickled in, having also been woken up by some loud knocking and shouting. They'd been staying there for a few days and new a little bit of the city. They planned to walk to a bookstore ...