(Although the government did establish the freedom of sexual orientation and the third gender, as I discussed in the Jaipur post.) What’s the deal with the cattle everywhere?
Don’t expect a peaceful stroll: motorbikes honk and zip by you, cows block your path, and vendors come up to sell you goods.
(But oh, what a way to dive into the heart of Varanasi, and live in the moment!
What better place than Varanasi to wear my pink Lord Ganesh raincoat by Print All Over Me?
(You can print a rain jacket with any type of design, or choose one from the site as I did.) While you’ll certainly experience culture-shock, India is a safe country.
Varanasi can be a shock to the system, but it was one of the top moments of our entire trip.
I’ve traveled to 60 countries, and I can genuinely say there is no place quite like this.
Yukiro and I enjoyed observing the fashion of the Indian women around us.
Many come to Varanasi to visit Hindu temples, and take part in festivals and rituals. We encountered holy men or “saddhus” who have renounced the worldly life. Some wander naked, some take on pledges to never sit down, or other ascetic feats.
It would have been very stressful if we had tried to come here and get around on our own.
Janu can arrange tours anywhere in India, and he linked us with Kunal Rakshit of Experience Varanasi for this final portion of the journey (since we had to fly one hour from Delhi).
I hope you’ll keep an open mind as we dive into this aspect of Indian culture (don’t worry, there are no graphic photos of the bodies).