Varanasi was the only city I’m visiting that wasn’t part of my plan. But I’m glad I ended up here as it was one of my favorite spots along with Ganga river. I stayed at the Bunkedup Hostel that was the 2nd coolest Hostel in 3 months and a half in Asia. The hostel has a rooftop restaurant and a great view of Ganges river and an awesome spot to watch the sunrise and sunset! All the guests were joining there for chai during the sunset.
Most of all, I think I enjoyed this place a lot because of the people I met here. I even watched an Indian movie here adviced by one of the members of the staff: Dangal (it’s based on a real-life story). I watch it in the Indian language but I was able to cry in the end, so I understood the story. I loved to meet the staff. They were such cool Indian guys!! And after all, I think this is the most important reason why you like your stay in one place.
In Sarnath. Meeting some friends from US. Having great times #buda #budism #budist #varanasiindia #varanasi #india #statue #budastatue #usfriends #brianvillalobos #friends #gardens #wanderlust #travel #trip #travelgram #vacation #instatravel #adventure #travelphotography #india #indianphotography #indiagram #indialove #indiapictures #spongebob #spongebobsquarepants
I booked this Hostel as a recommendation from some really nice Americans I met while in Agra. So, I met them again in Varanasi and spent the 1st day of exploring the city with them. We went to Sarnath, a very religious place believed to be the 1st place Buddha taught the Dhamma. That’s why it is so important to Buddhists. For me, it wasn’t so much. It felt kind of bored… Sorry to say it, but I’m sure it’s because I’m not a Buddhist.
I enjoyed much more the walk along Varanasi’s tight streets with a group of nice guys I met also at the Hostel. One of them is Alexi that dreams to be a travel Photographer. You can follow his Instagram: @_alexi92 I’m glad I went with them otherwise I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t adventure myself alone on those streets. Not that I felt unsafe for a moment, but because I’m still very cautious in India. I better be…
In Varanasi, I had the chance to do one of the things that now I realize to be one of my favorites: stand by the river and watch local life happening. And there is so much going on in Ganga river!!! You have no idea!!!
I got some funny pictures in this spot!
This is the place of holy waters. This is one of the most sacred rivers to Hindus. This is where they launch the ashes from the dead bodies and this is also where they take a shower, wash the dishes, it’s also the animal’s toilet, (mainly water buffalos) and the locals depend on it to their daily needs. It is worshipped in Hinduism as the goddess Ganga.
I guess that’s why they don’t mind being attacked by birds…
I just love to stand there and watch, observe and then understand a little bit more about Indians. While walking on the streets of Varanasi we witnessed what I believe to be some kind of celebration, as people were very happy playing and dancing while going along those roads.
Varanasi is a special place and a must visit in India along with Ganga river.