Had an amazing day today in Varanasi. How we got here is another story. Ask me about it some time!!
Anyway, this morning we went to Dasaswamedh Ghat. We had a walk along the river side and then ate lunch at a roof top restaurant where we had fantastic views both ways down the Ganges. It was a perfect day weatherwise, not a breath of wind and about 25 degrees.
We watched young boys flying will-o-the-wisp kites, monkeys stealing chapattis, holy men doing puja, goats running up the steps and young boys sliding down the steps.
We had a one hour boat ride down to the “burning ghats” where people are cremated. Ian and I both had a shot at rowing the boat, so we can now say we have rowed down the Ganges!!
We then walked up through the narrow laneways to the famous “Brown Bread Bakery” and had a hot drink before heading back to Dasaswamedh Ghat to watch the evening ganga aarti. This was incredible to see. Very different to the one we saw at Rishikesh but equally as enthralling. Lots of bell ringing and incense burning. A spectacular sight.
Tomorrow we catch the train to Lucknow.