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Oct 26, 2004 - Varanasi

My arrival in Varanasi was late by 5 hours. I was hot, frustrated and in a bad mood. Because the auto-rickshaws cannot enter the small lanes behind the river Ganges and near to my hotel I had to walk and try and find the hotel myself. This was a major problem and trying to navigate my way through the maze of cows, shit, rubbish and oncoming motorbikes almost caused me to swear... My hotel was right on the riverfront, on one of the 'ghats' (the areas where bathers come to do their stuff). Many of the travelling couples that I'd seen before...

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Craig in India

Oct 26, 2004 - Varanasi

Oct 26, 2004 Well, I finally made it to Varanasi. I spent 23 hours on a train to get here, it was hell. The bike arrived in one piece. I arrived here about 5:00pm but it wasn't until 7:30 before I found a hotel. I drove around for about 2 hours and was stuck in traffic for about 1.9 hrs. The end of the Druga Purga festival is occurring. It one of the largest festivals for Hindus in India. This morning I went down to the Ganga and watched the Hindus burning their dead. It is quite something to see. After that I thought I would look for the...

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Kevin Vs India

Oct 16, 2004 - Varanasi

From Agra we took an over night train to Agra. We had a nice time on this train because we were surrounded by this tour group from England. They were all around our age and were really a fun bunch. They were definitely having a different tour of India than we were though. All nice Western style hotels and they were none too excited about the squat toilets on the train. I really like the 3 teir AC sleeper trains. There are two seats facing eachother and another to the side. Above the two facing seats are one bunk way up high and then a...

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Sarah's Sojourn

Sep 28, 2004 - Sailing down the Ganges, Varanasi

To get to Varanassi, we sailed part of the way on the Ganges. The river Ganga is considered very important in Hinduism. People come here to cremate the dead and put the ashes in the water as it is considered an instant passport to heaven. Most of the cremations take place in Varanasi, but we did see one on the way. The river is very polluted, the indians do everything in it from bathing, washing clothes, put dead bodies and ashes in it. They even drink the stuff. We had 3 small boats, which were very comfortable, and a full support team of...

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Gemma's RTW trip

Sep 26, 2004 - Cycling

Chris and I spent 3 weeks in Kathmandu trying to figure out what to do next. I wanted to head to the beaches of India to study yoga, he wanted to buy a bike and ride through India but neither one of us liked the idea of spending a month away from each other. I looked into yoga classes in India and I don't think I'm ready to start eating granola and chanting every morning. So, Chris and I bought mountain bikes,a whole lot of gear, packed them up and flew to Varanasi India. We have been on the road for 3 days. I read that we shouldn't go more...

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May 4, 2004 - Varanasi

We had a horrendous night sleep about 2 hours (in an absolute dump) trying to work out how we could get to Varanasi to catch our flight to Nepal in 2 days time. We got up, or get out of bed as we were awake at about 5:30 got all our stuff and headed to Agra Fort Train Station, where we got there we bought a sort of transit ticket for the journey if we could get on. We had got there early on purpose, so had to sit around at the train station for about an hour. when the train turned up to Moghal Serai, not actually Varanasi (about 15km away),...

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Sep 6, 2002 - Vanarasi

Benarés, la ciudad del río sagrado... De hecho es la más sagrada del hinduismo, y muy sagrada para el budismo y jainismo; por supuesto, como en todo el Lejano Oriente... hay una mezquita, incluso está al lado, o sobre, el sitio más sagrado de la ciudad, el templo Vishwanath (es la mezquita Gyanapavi). Navegué el sagrado Ganga una mañana, y no me perdí tanto en el laberinto de callejuelas tortuosas que es el Chowk o el barrio viejo. Otro resumen de Varanasi es de Mark Twain: "Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even...

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