Indian soul at Gangas River
Trip Start Nov 13, 2006
30Trip End Jun 22, 2007
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We wanted to move as quick as we could, but that train we wanted to take was departing 2 days later. So there not much else to do than wait and in the meanwhile it was now the girls turn to have stomach battles. We found a hotel in the old part of town and that was the same time the Islamic part of town - so they had some nice spicy meat - all ways good with changes once in a while. I had a lot of that.
The two days went fast and on January 29th we took (want turned out to be) a 36 hour train ride to Varanasi and the Ganga River, in the state of Uttar Pradesh
The train had sleepers inside and that were the beds for two nights. There were a lot of people on the train so you got to watch out if you want to keep your seat - cause the Indians are not shy when it comes to that point. Also there were a lot of people selling (and yelling what they were selling) stuff as well. Ecxept but that the ride went pretty easy and January 31st we reached the holy city; Varanasi.
In deed it's one of the most touristy places in the country - but it was still the most special place I saw in India.
The holy river of Ganga runs through town and that's sort of where all the spirituality comes from.
From the bank they burn corpse and throw the ashes into the river and if it's a pregnant woman or if they people don't have to money to effort the expensive wood, which are used for quick burning - they just throw the dead body in the water anyhow.
People are bathing in the river to get clean souls (or something like that), even though the water is septic due to all the dead bodies and other kinds of stuff inside the water. These spiritual events happens mostly in the mornings, where the Hindus also put floating candles on the water to make good karma
The bank was stuffed sadhus and babbas, which is the holy men, that smoke marijuana all the time are either in orange clothing and naked and white painted.
Especially one of them looked SO strange. He had a very big mole or tumor-looking thing covering the half of his face and connecting the flesh from his eyebrows to his nose on the half side, which made it look like the nose of an elephant. I had never seen anything like that and then he was praised as the fortune god, Ganesh, - a man with an elephant head. I couldn't believe it.
It was a nice place and we stayed there for 4 nights and went boat sailing the one early morning to see the people wash and launder in the river. Besides that not to mention a good Nepali (Western food) restaurant, where we spent a whole lot of time to get a little break from the very heavy Indian food.