07 Mar 2015

INDIA by janosilva

10/12

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We had to say our sad goodbyes to our awesome driver, Raj, as he dropped us off at the airport so we could continue on our journey to Varanasi. We were very lucky to have him as our driver and unofficial guide. He could not have been more helpful, attentive, or caring. Thank you for making our journey through the Golden Triangle a smooth and memorable one, Raj!

We asked a stranger to take a picture of all four of us but it was totally backlit and underexposed so here's a picture of him and Sara at Amber Fort instead.

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After landing in Varanasi we went directly to Sarnath to see the Dhamek Stupa which marks the spot where Buddha gave his first sermon to his first five disciples. The structure itself is massive and the surrounding area houses several Buddhist temples and a museum. We noticed that all the depictions of Buddha were of him slender and with hair, which made us wonder when and where he came to be depicted as fat and bald. Further investigating will be required...

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We hadn't had anything to eat since breakfast so we decided to just have dinner on the rooftop restaurant of our hotel. Our decision to eat here paid off because the mutton saagwalla I had was phenomenal. It might be my second favorite meal after the one we had at Karim's. As we ate, a full, bright orange moon rose over the Ganges. Not a bad evening at all.