My Itinerary Trip to India – #2 Varanasi

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VARANASI

Day 5- Arrived at Varanasi junction at 9.30am, I took an autorickshaw to the Hotel Ganpati. But autorickshaw could not stop in front of the hotel because it was not allowed to go inside, and I had to walk about 200m to get to the hotel. On the way, I met someone who offered his services as a tour guide. I was lucky to meet this guide 🙂 he was nice, friendly and honest. His name was Raju. After checked-in, lunch at the hotel and walked around the hotel with Raju. He took me to see the cremation (cremation) which lasted for 24 hours straight every day. Down the narrow alleyways and slums. Visiting a Nepalese temple located in the middle of the township Varanasi.

Raju took me to visit the Golden Temple. To get into the temple tourists should not carry any. Bags, wallets, mobile phones can be deposited in the lockers that have been provided. I feel insecure see daycare guarded by many people as money and passports in the bag. And I decided not to go inside the temple. A little shopping some souvenirs and evening back to the hotel.

Hari 5- Tiba di stasiun Varanasi jam 9.30 pagi. Saya naik bajaj menuju Hotel Ganpati. Tetapi bajaj tidak bisa berhenti di depan hotel karena memang tidak diperbolehkan masuk ke dalam, dan saya harus berjalan kaki sekitar 200m untuk sampai di hotel. Di tengah jalan bertemu seseorang yang menawarkan jasa sebagai tour guide. Beruntung saya bertemu tour guide ini karena orangnya ramah dan jujur. Namanya Raju. Setelah check in, makan siang di hotel dan berjalan-jalan disekitar hotel bersama Raju. Dia membawa saya melihat tempat pembakaran mayat (kremasi) yang selama 24 jam nonstop berlangsung setiap hari. Menyusuri gang-gang sempit dan kumuh. Mengunjungi sebuah temple Nepal yang berada di tengah-tengah perkampungan Varanasi.

Raju membawa saya mengunjungi Golden Temple. Untuk masuk ke dalam temple para turis tidak boleh membawa apapun. Tas, dompet, handphone dapat dititipkan di loker yang sudah disediakan. Saya merasa tidak aman melihat tempat penitipan yang dijaga oleh banyak orang sementara uang dan paspor ada di dalam tas. Dan saya memutuskan untuk tidak masuk ke dalam temple tersebut. Sedikit berbelanja beberapa souvenir dan sore hari kembali ke hotel.

 

On the way to hotel
On the way to hotel
Narrow alley
Narrow alley
Priest on the window
Priest on the window

Day 6 – Around 5.30am I woke up and took a boat ride down the river Ganges to see the sunrise and watch the daily activities undertaken by local local people. I booked the boat one day earlier with the help of Raju (hotel can also assist to arrange). For 2 hours I rented the boat. I returned to the hotel and breakfast. After that I packed up to check out, as it will continue the journey to Agra by train. I took a city tour package from the hotel and visit a few places before I finally dropped at the station. One of the places that are memorable enough Ramnagarh Fort.
Overnight train to Agra: The train left at 17.20 and arrived at Agra at 6.10am

Hari 6 – Saya bangunsekitar jam 5.30 pagi dan naik perahu menyusuri sungai Gangga untuk melihat sunrise dan menyaksikan kegiatan sehari-hari yang dilakukan oleh penduduk local setempat. Saya menyewa perahu dari semalam dengan bantuan tour guide (sebaiknya minta pihak hotel untuk arrange). Selama 2 jam saya menyewa perahu tersebut. Saya kembali ke hotel dan sarapan. Setelah itu saya berkemas untuk check out, karena akan melanjutkan perjalanan menuju Agra dengan KA. Saya mengambil paket City tour dari pihak hotel dan mengunjungi beberapa tempat sebelum akhirnya di drop di stasiun. Salah satu tempat yang menarik dikunjungi adalah Ramnagarh Fort.
Bermalam di KA menuju Agra: Kereta api berangkat jam 17.20 dan tiba di Agra jam 6.10 pagi.

Cost:

  • Rent Boat 2 hrs: Rs600 (excluding tips)
  • City tour half day: Rs1500 (excluding tips driver)
  • Ramnagarh Fort: Rs150
  • Ticket train to Agra: Rs810
Sunrise
Sunrise

 

Woods for fire cremation
Woods for fire cremation

 

Tourists
Tourists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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