08.19.2014 - 08.24.2014
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Took an internal flight this morning (we are all spent on train stations) to Delhi.
The last few days in Varanasi have been really relaxing - it was good to slow down for a while. If there was any place we visited that was negatively impacted by it being the monsoon season, it was Varanasi. The Ganges was so high that river boat trips were not possible. In addition, you could not walk the length of the ghats from the river side also due to the water level.
That aside, it was an experience - just like everything else. Holy men, funeral processions, chanting prayer rituals. And the bulls! About twice the size of anywhere else we've been - massive and fat. I think they are even more revered as you get closer to the holy waters of the Ganges and are benefitting from the extra feeding.
Kelsey and Paxton took part in an Aarti ritual where wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) are places in a bowl with rose petals, lit and placed into the river as an offering to Mother Ganga.
Editorial correction on the Modi speach - it turned out not to be the Prime Minister. Something was lost in translation as it was actually a local governor or something. Still much pomp however.
Two nights here and Delhi and then a 2am flight home. Looking forward to coming home with another bit of this crazy world in our memories.