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Dec 23, 2010 - Varanasi

We are up early for our 6:00 am boat ride down the Ganges river. The boatman meets us at the hotel entrance, we walk out towards the Asi ghat and over the mud banks, which surprisingly are hard and dry, to the flat boat with benches on the back and sides. A young child brings us some leafy bowls filled with some orange marigold flowers and a small candle in the middle. He lights each one of the candles and tells us to offer them to the holy river. Nothing is ever free, and he now wants 100 Rs each, a total of 400 Rs, the same cost for the...

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Dec 22, 2010 - Varanasi

Breakfast on the roof top restaurant, toast, coffee, chai tea, corn flex (as written on the menu) and aloo paranthas. Lisa and I head out to the ghats alongside the river. We walk by many bathers performing rituals and we come to the Harishchandra ghat where they are taking a body down to dip into the river before cremation. The body is wrapped in gold cloth that is covered with embroidery and laid upon a wooden stretcher. Photography is forbidden, as it should be, and the people passing by are all respectful of the situation. We walk for...

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Dec 21, 2010 - Kolkata to Varanasi

Flying today from Kolkata to Varanasi via Lucknow. It seems everyone on the flight has a cold and is coughing or sneezing, feels like an incubation oven to culture some bacteria. We arrive in Varanasi and the temperature is now a comfortable 22 C, where Kolkata was 28 C but it was very humid and felt quite muggy there. The driver from the hotel, Temple on the Ganges, arrives with a small car and he has to strap most of the luggage on the roof. Driving to the hotel is another thriller car ride, as we narrowly miss trucks, busses and...

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Nov 20, 2010 - Varanasi

Okay I started to try to give a day by day review of everything that is happening here. Forget that. I will try to give you the interesting things that have happened. Srinagar is a city in Kashmir. Some of you have heard about the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir Province. They have actually fought wars over it. I wasn't planning to go, but some friends of mine told me it was perfectly safe. And true to their word, I found it to be so. 99.9% of the people in this area are Muslim so I wasn't sure what to expect. The people...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Nov 16, 2010 - Darjeeling/Varanasi

Today I'm sitting on a terrace overlooking the Ganges writing this (just to piss the travellers off!) OK, I'll make the Darjeeling/Varanasi trip as short as I can. 30 Hours plus non-stop moving - taxis, jeeps, trains - the one from Darjeeling to Kurseong is a fabulous narrow-gauge line that runs on the edge of the mountain, through little villages, tea plantations, the track crossing from one side of the very narrow road to the other. At some points you could even touch the houses. One of our best railway journeys ever. Then overnight train...

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Sep 19, 2010 - Varanasi

Namaste! Hoje acordamos as 5.15 para um passeio matinal no Ganges. Esta muito vento, a corrente esta forte e parece que vai chover, nas felizmente isso nao aconteceu. Apesar de nao termos Sol, de qualquer maneira, as tonalidades cinzentas do ceu deram alguma magia a cidade. Como ainda e epoca de moncoes, grande parte das ghats, ou seja das escadas que conduzem ao rio estao submersas. Na epoca seca, e possivel percorre-las a pe, mas agora so mesmo de barco conseguimos ter uma ideia melhor do que acontece junto ao rio. E o costume. As pessoas...

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India & Nepal 2010

Sep 18, 2010 - Varanasi - a Cidade Sagrada

Namaste! As legendas das fotos seguirao + tarde... Estamos a escrever ja de Varanasi, mas vamos relatar o que se passou ontem. Passamos o dia ainda em Delhi. Dormimos muitas horas ( foram muitas mesmo ) e acordamos preparados para enfrentar mais um dia de bulicio na India. Tinhamos o comboio para Varanasi as 16.20, por isso decidimos passar a manha no Forte Vermelho, um pequeno Oasis no meio da confusao total que e Old Delhi, a parte velha da cidade. Por dentro das muralhas vermelhas e imponentes, vemos pavilhoes em marmore e apraziveis...

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India & Nepal 2010

May 21, 2010 - Varanasi

A 4.15am wake up call. 4.45am in the bus and on our way to the Ganges River to see the sunrise. Unfortunately cloudy so the sunrise is muted. We arrive at the Dasashwamedh Ghat (steps leading to the river). Many people converge on the ghats: Pilgrims, locals, holy men, tourists, beggars and laundry workers. We board a boat with two men at the oars and silently make our way along the bank. The buildings on the bank are a myriad of colours and architecture, highlighted by the rising sun. Some of the holy men are seated under colourful...

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May 20, 2010 - And we make our way to India

In our bus and on our way to the Indian border by 7. Our guide gets us through the Nepalese immigration and we change our money. He then introduces us to our Indian guide and says his farewells (giving us Buddhist scarves for a good life). We have thoroughly enjoyed our time with Hiren and the other guides we have used in Nepal. Ranny, our Indian guide takes us to the Indian immigration. For some reason the immigration officer seemed not too like something in David’s passport – we can only assume one our old Visas – so it gets passed on....

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Apr 29, 2010 - Gredi Village

eine vierstuendige wanderung durch eine atemberaubende landschaft verbindet die aussenwelt mit dem kleinen doerfchen gredi, da es (noch) keine strasse dorthin gibt! mohinder wird mit jedem schritt aufgeregter und auch bei uns steigt die vorfreude!! wir wandern durch wunderschoene laubwaelder, in denen buffalos frei leben, gruessen frauen, die laub fuer ihre staelle zusammentragen und machen eine kleine plantschpause in einem, von riessigen steinen gefuellten bergbach!! (will auch haben zu hause)!!!! bis jetzt kommem wir flachlandtiroler...

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Der ferne Osten

Apr 11, 2010 - The Burning Ghats of Varanasi

The Burning Ghats of Varanasi Considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Varanasi’s ancient alleyways, primordial temples, and unchanged city layouts, are enough of a claim to fame, but her true fame, in fact, is not in the city at all. It is in the water running alongside her. Originating in the southern Himalaya’s and flowing eastward to India’s, Bay of Bengel, the Ganges River not only gives life to the land, it gives life to the people. Referred to as, “Mother Ganges”, Hindu’s respect and praise her waters almost...

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Mar 23, 2010 - Ghats, Babas, Sadhus, Menschenverbrennungen, ...

Wir sitzen grade auf dem Rooftopcafe in Varanasi. Hundert Meter unterhalb von unserem Guesthouse werden am Tag 24 Stunden lang Leichen verbrannt! Ja, die verbrennen hier Leichen. Zwischen 200 und 300 Menschen werden hier taeglich gegrillt. Schwangere Frauen, Menschen mit Kobrabissen oder Sadhus werden nicht verbrannt. Diese werden, weil sie schon eine Stufe naeher am Nirvana angelangt sind, an einen Stein gebunden und in den Ganges geworfen. Wo die Leichen dann noch lange Zeit schwimmen, koennt ihr euch eh scho denken. Die Stadt hat ueber 3...

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Der ferne Osten

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