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Hello India

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We've been in India for a few days now, what an amazing place! Our first impressions are hard to describe as it is so full of people, colour, history, smells and sounds (like incessant horn honking). Our first stop was Varanasi, it is considered a holy city by the Hindu people as it stretches along the river Ganges and is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It is dominated by long flights of stone ghats (steps) where thousands of pilgrims and residents come for their daily rituals of bathing and praying. In two spots along the ghats there are constantly fires burning as people are cremated, seeing this preformed so publicly was quite strange for us.
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We spent two days floating/ sailing down the Ganges watching life go by. It was mostly a relaxing ride but we did see a dead body floating in the river, apparently not a normal thing to see but also not a reason to have the police come investigate as they would in Canada.
Walking to the Ganges

Walking to the Ganges


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Then we spent a bit more time in Varanasi hanging out and drinking Lassis
Veggies in the rain

Veggies in the rain

Goat escaping the rain

Goat escaping the rain

Making Lassi

Making Lassi

Drinking Lassis

Drinking Lassis

Varanasi alley way

Varanasi alley way

We took the overnight train from Varanasi to Jhansi then 18 km by auto rickshaw to Orchha "hidden palace" which is a small town that has palaces, tombs and temples dating back to the 1500's. We also met a local potter as well as some basket weavers.
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Trying my hand at basket weaving

Trying my hand at basket weaving

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Cenotaphs

Cenotaphs

Next it was on to Agra and the Taj Mahal. Wow, what a place! It is breathtaking.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

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More of India to come

Posted by Evanda 03:58 Archived in India Tagged india ganges varanasi mahal taj agra orchha

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Great pictures! Looks like you're having a fabulous trip and amazing experiences...enjoy the rest :)

by CIndy

LOL nice lassis stach!
Holy Big Bird!
So Beautiful.
We love love you!
MarnDi

by MarnDi

Great photos guys. Glad to see you are having fun. Nice pornstar mustache BTW

by David

Visiting the Taj Mahal, pottery making, basket weaving, and drinking lassis... it does sound like another world... and... it is!... What an exciting adventure in this new world... Thank you for keeping us 'in the loop.'... We love hearing of your latest travel experiences... Take care...
Much love,
Guy & Jenny...

by Guy & Jenny

Happy you share your images!
Why? The edge? Where?
A LASSI IS A DRINK made of?
The cab fare-- BARGAIN for sure.
Keep safe & stay well.
Love & XoXo's

by Donna

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