10.01.2014 - 16.01.2014
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.
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.
Then we spent a bit more time in Varanasi hanging out and drinking Lassis
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.
Next it was on to Agra and the Taj Mahal. Wow, what a place! It is breathtaking.
More of India to come