Hello guys, I’m sure you know the second part of this sentence – I hope you are good and you are ready for the new post. Today everyone is joking, some people just making jokes about my blogging. Why not, the laugh is good and healthy especially when we know that today is a day of joke – April Fools’ Day! I believe you have prepared some interesting pranks for today, just to break a daily boring monotony.
I’ve prepared something much better for you, I’m sure you know what it is – a new post! Today I will finish the series of posts about a magical journey through India. I feel some unusual kind of sadness, probably because of the end of a chapter of life, but there are memories and these wonderful pictures to remind me that I have achieved my biggest childhood dream.
Varanasi, the last city on the Maharajas Express trip, the city of Ganges and the city of souls. You probably know that Varanasi is famous for natural cremation on the banks of the river Ganges, but did you know that it is a city of silk and cashmere? You didn’t know that?! Now you will have the opportunity to find out more about this wonderful city. Let’s start!
Varanasi is the holiest Hindu city. It is located on the banks of Ganges word in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It represents the cultural and religious center for thousands of years and has therefore gained a flattering title that is one of the oldest cities in the world. The historians don’t have the exact information that how the city was created, but the legend says that the city was founded by God the Shiva. There happened a fight between the two supreme gods, Brahma and Shiva, and the succeeding combat resulted in one of the five heads of Brahma being torn off by Shiva.
It was a custom of the time that the victor carried the slain adversary’s head in his hand and let it hang down from his hand as an act of ignominy and a sign of his own bravery. A bridle was also put into the mouth. Shiva thus dishonored Brahma’s head, and kept it with him at all times. When he came to the city of Varanasi in this state, the hanging head of Brahma dropped from Shiva’s hand and disappeared in the ground. The land of Varanasi is therefore considered an extremely holy religious site. Because of this, most of people believe that bathing in this holy river helps people to be cleaned from all the sins.
On the other hand, the city has a very good position for trade, so today it’s one of the main trade centers in India. We had the opportunity to visit the oldest workshop made of all types of pashmina and silk items. For the first time in my life, I had a chance to see stuff and fashion accessories that I only had a chance to see in the Indian soap operas.
After enjoying in this unusual show of colors and beauty of the precious sarees (female garment from the Indian subcontinent), our friends from India’s Tourism Board and Maharajas Express, took us to a wonderful cruise where we had the opportunity to enjoy the sunset on the Ganges.
After this wonderful journey, I really started to look at India with other eyes, a country with a lot of prejudice, but a country with a completely different and rich culture and customs that everyone should come here at least once in your life and feel this incredible India. People in India will always welcome you with a smile and a open heart.
The Ganges is the river of life, the river of true love and eternal hopes, the real proof that life is a passing thing and that it needs to be used in the best possible way. There is sadness here when you pass by open crematoriums. A couple of hundred meters down the river are the stairs which are used by family members who had lost their beloved ones that day and they use stairs to go down to the river and to bathe in the river just to say last goodbye.
A very unusual ritual but very interesting and educational. After these sad scenes, you will have the opportunity to cheer yourself up with the most beautiful view on the world and simply say to yourself, “Yes, I finally came to India!” Don’t be disturbed by mosquitoes, just believe me that you will enjoy this cruise.
If you remember, I wrote today that India is a far-away country with rich culture and customs. Everyone should, at least once in life to visit this amazing country. I’m sure you will make some wonderful new memories that you will remember for the rest of your life.
I would have one little please for you. If you take your way to Varanasi sometime, make sure you will buy few chocolate bars, it’s not really expensive. You wonder why I ask you to do this? This is because of the children which you will surely meet when you take your walk along the banks of Ganges. They love chocolate, but you know because of the financial possibilities they are not able to enjoy this sort of happiness as we have a chance every day then at least sometimes to buy for us or for beloved ones…
Well guys, we have come to the end of today’s post. I really hope that you enjoyed and you learned something new today. Right now I’m on the airport and I’m waiting to check in for my new destination! See you next week and you must promise me that you will do something fun today because today is the day for the pranks!
How did you like my Indian adventure? I would like to hear your opinion! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social networks, you can find on the CONTACT page.
We’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!
This post is sponsored by Indian Tourism Board – Incredible India and Maharajas Express.