This was taken right from the entrance of this corridor.
We started from Sarnath
at around 10:30 am for Dashashwamedh Ghat
, the most famous one. The traffic was not at its worst because of Sunday and we reached there within an hour. We had to walk for about 1.5 km as no powered public transport is allowed till the Ghat. Dashashwamedh Ghat
is more or less at the center with approximately equal number of ghats on both sides. We decided to walk through one of the narrow lanes that runs parallel to the ghats and goes towards South. This particular lane starts right in front of Dashashwamedh ghat
. I was walking in that lane for the first time in my life and never knew that Varanasi caters to a really wider group of travelers. In that one lane we saw a center for Ayurvedic massage, a number of shops selling music instruments like Flute, Sitar, Veena etc and restaurants with all type of international cuisine.
A very common sight...
We spent lot of time in one of the music shops and Kunal ended up buying a couple of flutes. For lunch, we entered a small place in the lane and had a few pakodas
of different types. In all my growing up years I had never seen muffins being offered at any place in Benaras which was quite a surprise so we finally decided to have a banana muffin as well. We also got to hear a really awesome Nepalese Rock band called 'Mukti & Revival'. We asked the owner of the restaurant about the music which he was playing from a computer, but unfortunately he had no idea about the band. Finally we got out of that lane and reached one of the big roads in the area called Sonarpura
and stepped into Ksheer Sagar
. It is a shop which is very famous for its sweets. Anyone visiting Varanasi must go there and try Rasmalai
Even animals worship Gods in this Holy city :)
After we were done with our desserts, we took a rickshaw and left for Assi Ghat
which is one of the first few ghats on the Southern side and decided to take a boat ride back to Dashashwamedh
. There is an unbelievable book store called Harmony
on Assi Ghat
which I explored later alone. It has books on literature, philosophy both eastern and western, religion and pretty much everything other than pulp. People can find these books elsewhere but I can guarantee that the size and the variety in the collection is very tough to find at one place anywhere else.
The boat ride and about ghats in next post...