Of course everyone tells you that India is an awakening of all of your senses.Many things are spectacular; some quite confronting. The colours are psychedelic. It is a photographer's dream.
The old part of Varanasi is a maze of tiny crowded lanes. Sometimes we must step aside for a cow or two! Little "hole in the wall" shops sell or manufacture all sorts of things. A sunrise boat ride on the Ganges was like my old geography textbooks, only better! Our guide said "Varanasi is a city of learning and burning" with its large university and cremation ghats on the banks of the Holy Ganges. We had a rickshaw ride that was really unbelievable. Poor guys peddle bicycle driven rickshaw carts, with two passengers, for kilometres; weaving in and out of crazy, yes, crazy traffic. Cows, cars, motorbikes, kids & elderly pedestrians. All with the loud background honking. It was an unforgettable experience! Fabulous!