Hotel Ganges View
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We've been surrounded by Hindus and Hinduism now for two months (three including last year's visit) and I remain totally baffled. Literally thousands of dieties are worshiped, and each may have numerous forms and incarnations. This god protects travelers, that one promises good health, yet another destroys stuff but that apparently is a good …
It's Thursday afternoon and I'm sitting in the verandah of our hotel in Varanasi, the Ganges View, looking out on, what else, Mother Ganges. We flew here this morning from Delhi and arrived at the hotel on the banks of the river after an hour and a half ride from the Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport. But that's for later.
First, yesterday's …
"Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them Put together." Mark Twain, 1896 Well, Benares, now called Varanasi, is now 118 years older and except for the internal combustion engine, it looks just as old as I am sure it did when Mark Twain visited. Varanasi gives one an utter …
... was Indian, Italian, Indian, Brit, Indian. All smiles and off they went. They came back 5 minutes later with the print to show us, I thought they were going to ask us to autograph it but my notoriety didn't stretch that far.
The Italian photographers then took lots of shots of the crowd and they love that they can see the image instantly and soon everyone who had a camera around their neck was being harangued to take pictures. It was hilarious and even tho it's ...
... few. It looks like what you would imagine an old medieval village was like when all sorts of merchants specialized in a trade. Wandering around and getting lost in these alleys is terrifically fun. Each turn of the corner brings another little charming store. With such small spaces and tight specializations, each shop is paired-down to their expertise and feels intimate. A highlight of our time was a early morning boat ride on the Ganges. The sunrise is magical - ...