Khajaraho to Varnasi via SpiceJet

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Ceremony for Shiva
Today we flew to Varnasi.  The flight to Varnasi wasn't bad. It only took 40 minutes. On the plane they served us a snack. In anticipation of receiving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, we were sadly disappointed when we found out it was cheese and chutney. Didn't like it.

We still needed to take a bus to Varnasi. On the way we stopped at Saranth, which is were Buddha gave his first sermon after he became enlightened. A stupa was erected at the actual spot of his sermon and is considered a very holy place.

After reaching the hotel, we headed off to the ghats at the Ganges river. We took a bicycle rickshaw to the riverbank. This was an experience in itself. Nightly there is a pilgrimage to the river. There are hundreds of people making their way through. There are so many sounds, people, colors, lights, smells, it's almost overwhelming. All of the senses were turned on, almost overloaded.

There is a very spiritual energy in this place. It's very surreal to see hundreds of people heading to the water with a purpose, with a belief that the water will cleanse them of their sins. The Hindus believe they will reach salvation by bathing in the Ganges. It's the holiest of holy places.

There were thousands of people at the river back and Hindu monks were having a religious ceremony giving praise to Shiva. There were lights everywhere, incense burning, bells ringing. It was truly and amazing experience.
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Ceremony for Shiva
Ceremony for Shiva
SpiceJet
SpiceJet
Saranth
Saranth
Rickshaw ride to the Ganges
Rickshaw ride to the Ganges
Walking towards the riverbank
Walking towards the riverbank
Walking towards the Ganges
Walking towards the Ganges
Getting on the boat.
Getting on the boat.
Ceremony for Shiva
Ceremony for Shiva
Varanasi
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