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Daily ritual of washing bodies & clothes & burning of bodies

Day 10 Varanasi

It was winter and fog is not uncommon so there was no point in leaving early for our sunrise morning boat ride down the Ganges. So we left the hotel just after 7 am / 07:00 in tuk tuks travelling through the near empty roads covered in thick fog for New Bread of Life which was our breakfast stop.

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Skillet Breakfast = Fresh juice, toast, 2 eggs, hash brown, potatoes, tomato, mushroom and filter coffee 250 rupee / NZ$5.30 / US$3.80.

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Arrived at Harishchandra Ghat at 9am / 09:00 to catch the boat for our second trip down the sacred Ganges River.

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Kite flying

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For 2 hours we were rowed while the locals were participating in their dawn ritual of washing both their bodies and clothes plus the burning of bodies down at the river’s edge.

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Our 18 year old boatman

Our 18 year old boatman

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Boat loads after boat loads of locals were being ferried upstream to the temple. Wonder if they each had a life jacket. Silly question!

I think that we were of just as much interest to them as we were to them as out came their phone cameras.

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Soon the fog lifted and the sunshine gave both me a completely different light to use in these photos plus warmth to dry the washed clothes that were either hung or laid out to dry.

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The children were out again with their small kites.

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Joe

Joe

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Posted by bruceontour 01:50 Archived in India Tagged ganges ghats

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