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Varanasi: Jan. 29 - Part 1

Location: Varanasi, India


While stopped near a small town for two hours, we got to watch dawn wake up the small community beside the rail track.

This is a first class sleeper. At least we got to sleep as we made our way from Agra to Varanasi.

Beside our hotel was this home that was the poorest of maharajahs. This place belongs to the maharajah of the untouchable class. Their prime role is to care for the cremation of Indian royalty as cremation is a duty of this class, also called the DOM class.

The lobby of our hotel, the Rashmi Guest House, on the banks of the Ganges River.

In an attempt to be blessed, many take to the river for a bath in the holy waters.

Workmen repairing a boat for use on the Ganges River, the holiest of rivers in India.

Two young Hindu men sit with a holy man also known as a Sadhu. Sadhu such as this one, often coat themselves in ashes, go without clothing and endure as much privation as possible as a means to enlightenment.

Many of the boats that line the shores of the Ganges River in Varanasi are used to take people on tours of the river. Those taking the tours are either tourists or those engaged in holy pilgrammages.

The Ganges River is also, like all rivers in all cities, a place for city people to wash their clothes.

The steps of the ghats are meeting places, a market place, praying places, and a great place to make a living as a beggar if one is so inclined.

One man leads others who have just begun their return to the path to enlightenment, in prayer and religious observances.

On the steps of the ghats, many come for religious instruction, for guidance.



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This is a first class sleeper. At least we got to sleep as we made our way from Agra to Varanasi.

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While stopped near a small town for two hours, we got to watch dawn wake up the small community beside the rail track.

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The lobby of our hotel, the Rashmi Guest House, on the banks of the Ganges River.

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Beside our hotel was this home that was the poorest of maharajahs. This place belongs to the maharajah of the untouchable class. Their prime role is to care for the cremation of Indian royalty as cremation is a duty of this class, also called the DOM class.

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Workmen repairing a boat for use on the Ganges River, the holiest of rivers in India.

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In an attempt to be blessed, many take to the river for a bath in the holy waters.

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Many of the boats that line the shores of the Ganges River in Varanasi are used to take people on tours of the river. Those taking the tours are either tourists or those engaged in holy pilgrammages.

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Two young Hindu men sit with a holy man also known as a Sadhu. Sadhu such as this one, often coat themselves in ashes, go without clothing and endure as much privation as possible as a means to enlightenment.

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The steps of the ghats are meeting places, a market place, praying places, and a great place to make a living as a beggar if one is so inclined.

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The Ganges River is also, like all rivers in all cities, a place for city people to wash their clothes.

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On the steps of the ghats, many come for religious instruction, for guidance.

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One man leads others who have just begun their return to the path to enlightenment, in prayer and religious observances.