Varanasi – Ganges at Sunrise

Day 42 – SUNDAY 1st March 2015

This morning our guide picked us up at 6:00am (which meant a we had to get up at 5:00am!) for a visit to the Ganges River to watch the morning  bathing ritual.

We arrived at the waters edge in time to almost get sprayed by a relieving cow (missed us by that much!). We saw men getting their heads shaved which is a custom for grieving relatives. Then we went for a another boat ride but this time in daylight.

After the boat ride we walked through a very old part of the city where the streets are so narrow that only bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians can pass. In this area there is a gold covered Hindu temple and a Mongul mosque that was built on the foundations of a Hindu temple which the Mongols had demolished to assert their power). Photos could not be taken in this very heavily army guarded area where everyone is touch searched upon entry. Apparently they fear an attack by Muslim extremists.

Ganges at Sunrise 1 - Relieving Cow and head shaving

Ganges at Sunrise 1 – Relieving Cow and head shaving

 

 

 

Ganges at Sunrise 2 - Almost as crowded as the night before
Ganges at Sunrise 2 – Almost as crowded as the night before
Ganges at Sunrise 3

Ganges at Sunrise 3

Ganges at Sunrise 4

Ganges at Sunrise 4

Ganges at Sunrise 5

Ganges at Sunrise 5

Ganges at Sunrise 6 - They even swim in this very polluted water

Ganges at Sunrise 6 – They even swim in this very polluted water

Ganges at Sunrise 7 - Once a palace to a king

Ganges at Sunrise 7 – Once a palace to a king

Ganges at Sunrise 8 - Example of a mansion from a bygone era

Ganges at Sunrise 8 – Example of a mansion from a bygone era

Ganges at Sunrise 9 - The Laundry

Ganges at Sunrise 9 – The Laundry

Ganges at Sunrise 10

Ganges at Sunrise 10

Ganges at Sunrise 11 - Guest house

Ganges at Sunrise 11 – Guest house

Ganges at Sunrise 12 - Lyn launching candle to Shiva

Ganges at Sunrise 12 – Lyn launching candle to Shiva

Ganges at Sunrise 13 - Lyn watching candle turn upside down in the wind

Ganges at Sunrise 13 – Lyn watching candle turn upside down in the wind

Ganges at Sunrise 14 - Michael launching candle to Shiva

Ganges at Sunrise 14 – Michael launching candle to Shiva

Ganges at Sunrise 15 - Locals bathing area

Ganges at Sunrise 15 – Locals bathing area

Ganges at Sunrise 16

Ganges at Sunrise 16

Ganges at Sunrise 17 - Tourists

Ganges at Sunrise 17 – Tourists

Ganges at Sunrise 18 - More cremations

Ganges at Sunrise 18 – More cremations

Ganges at Sunrise 19 - More cremations

Ganges at Sunrise 19 – More cremations

Ganges at Sunrise 20

Ganges at Sunrise 20

Ganges at Sunrise 21

Ganges at Sunrise 21

Ganges at Sunrise 22

Ganges at Sunrise 22

Ganges at Sunrise 23

Ganges at Sunrise 23

Ganges at Sunrise 24

Ganges at Sunrise 24

Ganges at Sunrise 25 - Seagulls being fed fish and chips

Ganges at Sunrise 25 – Seagulls being fed fish and chips

Ganges at Sunrise 26

Ganges at Sunrise 26

Ganges at Sunrise 27 - Our disembarkation point into the very old part of the city

Ganges at Sunrise 27 – Our disembarkation point into the very old part of the city

Varanasi Old City 1

Varanasi Old City 1

Varanasi Old City 2

Varanasi Old City 2

Varanasi Old City 3

Varanasi Old City 3

Buddah's first sermon site 1

Buddah’s first sermon site 1

Buddah's first sermon site 2

Buddah’s first sermon site 2

Buddah's first sermon site 3

Buddah’s first sermon site 3

Buddah's first sermon site 4

Buddah’s first sermon site 4

Buddah's first sermon site 5

Buddah’s first sermon site 5

Buddah's first sermon site 6

Buddah’s first sermon site 6

Buddah's first sermon site 7

Buddah’s first sermon site 7

Buddahs first sermon site 8 - School kids who thought we were a novelty

Buddahs first sermon site 8 – School kids who thought we were a novelty

Buddah's first sermon site 9 - All the kids wanted to be in the phoito

Buddah’s first sermon site 9 – All the kids wanted to be in the phoito

Buddah's first sermon site 9 - Same school kids

Buddah’s first sermon site 9 – Same school kids

Buddahs first sermon site 10 - University students doing ba survey on tourists

Buddahs first sermon site 10 – University students doing ba survey on tourists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Greetings oh intrepid travellers. We have been waiting for your thoughts and photos from India. Having just seen THE SECOND MARIGOLD HOTEL (extremely disappointing by the way) would you be interested in scouting out a Third Marigold Hotel for the friendly 8??? Just a little palace where we could spend some time together!! Even from the photos you can see there is so much to take in, we hope you are relishing the experience and above all, keeping well and staying safe. You are truly, a long way from home. ❤️❤️❤️ Reece and Mick

  2. Beth & Jim Cook

    Not sure I want a hotel stay there Reece – even a Marigold one with Richard Gere. Dodging piddling cows, ‘interesting’ smells (inside and outside) as well as floating pyres etc. may not be what rocks my boat! I think I like M&L’s boat back home much better…and the palaces we already live in! Aren’t we lucky…I can’t even comprehend such lack of personal space. I hope your hands didn’t touch that Ganges water when you were launching Siva’s candles, Lyn! I must say you are seeing some amazing things and I am appreciating the photos you’ve taken. It all looks so crazy-busy…your practice-run at Heathrow was a good starter! Keep safe and keep on enjoying such new and different experiences. Lots of love from Us xoxo

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