26th October 2014 – Varanasi, India
From the romance of Agra, to the divinity of Varanasi, is a long road. For here, the ghats romanced the river, for as long as you had the sight. The ganga is the holiest of holies, and Varanasi pays its tributes. With a procession of flowers and fire, the ghat welcomes the night.
In the morning, I left the seedy little hotel in Kanpur where I stayed the last night, and rode further to Varanasi, which was supposed to be my last city in India before I enter Nepal.
Varanasi can be described in only one word – magical. I reached by the evening, and stayed at the Meer Ghat, one of the numerous Ghats in Varanasi. Ghat is basically a series of steps that descend into a river, in this case, Ganges. And right next to Meer Ghat is the Dasashwamedh Ghat, which is the most vibrant of all the ghats in Varanasi. The name means that the Hindu god Brahma sacrificed 10 horses here for some ceremony. Hence, Das (10)+Aswa (horse)+Medh (Sacrifice).
Every evening, there is a Ganga Aarti (tribute to Ganges) ceremony performed here, and I was right on time to witness it, with a bevy of fire, flowers and music.
And when I think that I would be seeing this for the next 3 days of my stay here, it was simply a euphoric thought.