Varanasi at dawn
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Day two in Varanasi and we are up at 4:30 am! I thought that being on holiday meant waking up as late as you want but the taxi driver we met yesterday insisted to pick us up at 5am and go down to the river.
But time doesnt seem to matter in Varanasi. The ghats are full of people bathing and praying. Krishna, the guy that picked us up at the airport and has become our valuable guide, recommends that two of his friends join us in our river walk to avoid harassment, but we insist we are ok on our own. Two minutes later, everyone is trying to sell us stuff: from kids with flowers to fake-holy men asking us to pray with them - but only if we pay them for that!
"Harassment" is a part of life in India. And there is no escape from it. Even on the boat, a young boy approaches us with a cannoe and tries to sell us candles! The second trademark of India is cows. Cows are everywhere. On the street, on the motorway, next to the cremations, even bathing in the river. And then there is traffic. Check out the video - and note that this is at 5am!
That is what makes India so unique. Everything here is in its extreme form.
In the evening we visited one of the four holy spots for buddhism. Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon.