Birds and Beach

Our last day in India was a bust. We waited at the hotel for our luggage which missed the connection when we were hustled between planes in Delhi. The first pass, they missed us because the name on the hotel room and the name on the baggage tag did not match. So, we made phone…

Narrow Streets

This is typical of the width of the streets in old Varanasi. Most tower a few stories into the sky so, at most, a gaunt band of light enters giving the feeling of walking during twilight.  There is barely enough room for two to walk side by side yet the locals seem to be able…

Ghats and Boats

There were a great many people traveling by boats along the river to the more popular ghats. I enjoy boating, the breeze rolling over the water, picking up the scent and washing over my body. Most of the boats we saw were beat up, marred by collisions when they gathered to dock. Thankfully, they were…

The Ghats

Day two in Varanasi started early with a walk to the ghats and a boat ride (no life jackets provided) down the Ganga to the place where the festival would be held. The Ghats are steps leading down to the water. There was more than a mile of them lining the shore of the sacred…