Up at dawn and caught tuk tuks to the river. We saw a very simple dawn ceremony come to a close on the banks of the river. No one was there except the monks and us. We boarded our boat again. On our first evening on the river, we gently dropped lotus leaves with rose … More 27th January 2016 – Varanasi
What a fabulous sleep. Fell asleep at ten and woke at 9am. Earplugs worked a treat. Feel much more alive today. Its Republic Day today so sat and watched the ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier on TV. Went out to try a naughty MacDonalds. We tried a Maharaja Big Mac Meal and … More 26th January 2016 – Varanasi
Arrived at Varanasi a half an hour late (not bad). Got to the hotel and waited a few hours to check in. Went for a lovely breakfast and a quick look around the hotel area and gardens. Got in the rooms, showered and are now free until 1pm. Bliss. This hotel is really nice with … More 25th January 2016 – Varanasi
Well, that was an experience. There was quite a community spirit, how I nodded off with the carriage sing-song I’ll never know. We were at the end of a sleeper carriage on an old train, sharing our bay with two other men and Pradeep. These open carriages consist of two benches opposite each other, with … More The Train
Up at quarter to six. Put all of my clothes on, the lot. Went outside for chai, then onto the jeeps and off we went. It wasn’t exactly ‘killer cold’ as Pradeep would say, but it was chilly. We had blankets to cover us. After a few hours of driving around, we saw plenty of … More 24th January 2016 – Bandhavgarh, Katina and an overnight train.