Published: February 3rd 2011January 27th 2011
The overnight train took us to Varanasi, one of the worlds oldest cities. Varanasi is the ultimate destinations for hindus and the city is full of temples, shrines and devotees. After almost 10 days in rural locations, Varanasi came as quite a shock. It is louder, busier and dirtier than any other Indian city I have visited, but at the same time there is a vibrance to the city that is not equalled.
We walked the old city and took boats out onto the Ganges to watch the sunset. The evening on to river was a perfect way to view the evening rituals being performed on the riverbanks and the candle ceremony (make a wish as you push a floating tea candle onto the river) was a magical experience.
The following morning we again took to the Ganges and watched the sun rise over the river. The Ghat's were abuzz with daily life and the crematorial ghats were particlarly moving to see. More so once we understood the religious and cultural significance behind it.
India has been an amazing adventure, one that I am so happy to have experienced. It was fascinating to visit a country that has
such a rich history & culture, something Australia lacks in it's young existence. There have been some eye opening moments but even through the poverty, pollution & everyday struggles there are a million wonderul things about the nation.
India....I'll be back!!!
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