Discovering India by train – always exciting, always challenging!
Leaving Allahabad towards Varanasi.
Didn’t have your shower today – just go to the train station.
Toilets – indian style.
Taking a tuktuk to my hostel….getting first time in touch with the crazy traffic on the streets of Varanasi….either you will hate the hole place or you will love it! I for myself did love it and so I extended, and extended and extended my stay 😉
The Stops Hostel – best place ever! Great people! Lovely rooms and food. And the best tours (thanks to Mr. India).
First walk around…along the ghats….I will just let the pictures speak to take you with me on this journey through Varanasi.
The evening ceremony at the main ghat…..be ready to expect hundreds or even thousands of people.
Back to the Stops – some yoga session to start the next day.
Hop on a tuktuk for a half day trip to Sarnath, a holy place for all that believe in Buddha. And definately worth the ride, as in comparison to Varanasi it felt so green and so much fresher air. Probably besides the normal dust in Varanasi it is also related to the 24 hours of burning bodies along the river Ganga, as Varanasi is the place to die at for every Hindu believing person.
Back to Varanasi – back to the magical ghats.
Probably one of the best walking tours I took part….the market tour.
Impressive street life…
And what lovely group we were! – was such a pleasure to meeting each of you guys!
Narrow alleys – no problem! Just share it with the cows and scooters. Once you want to move on and a cow stops and you can’t pass anymore just hit her on the bu.. and you should be fine.
Market tour finished……but with Anil you could do tours all around the clock…so the Ghat tour was next…
This is something you better don’t do. As probably even the quality of europe’s dirtiest rivers is 100times better than the one of the holy river Ganga at Varanasi.
A little trip to visit the Badi Asha School, a social project which I got to know about at the Brown Break Bakery…..pictures and story in a separate post.
Back to Varanasi centre…some more street impressions…
Sometimes it can be good when you are carrying some bananas or other fruit with you around…..never saw any happier face of a chikd or mother afterwards.
Enjoying some delicious food on the rooftop of the Brown Bread Bakery.
Time to say goodbye Stops Hostel – goodbye crazy , magical, beautiful Varanasi!