Today we arrived in Varanasi, the holiest Hindu city, sitting on the banks of the Ganges river, is apparently the oldest city in the world, 3500 years of recorded history, city dating back 5000 years.

The roads were shit, traffic was even shitter, but we managed to get to our first 5 star hotel for a much needed break.

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We decided to ball out and get the hotel to organize a car and tour guide for us, rather than driving around ourselves, probably the best decision of our lives, given the shady alley ways of old Varanasi.

Our tour guide took us to a 5th generation thandai store, it was excellent.

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Soon after we were led down what felt like the streets of Agrabah (Aladdin reference), down the ghat steps and onto our boat.

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Scott had bet me 10,000 rupees to dive head first, which I agreed to do without thinking. Thank god I never ended up doing it as we SAW A DEAD FLOATING CORPSE, which scared the bejesus out of all three of us. Sigh.

Headed back to the main ghat to watch the nighttime pooja

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Led back to the old city, visited the Vishwanath temple, and headed back to the hotel for some much needed gin and tonics.

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It’s 2pm and our laziness and the excessive luxury of the Taj Hotel hasn’t allowed us to depart yet, next stop Allahabad only 120km away. It’s been an excellent 24 hours in Varanasi.

-Mayank

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