05.10.2010 - 05.10.2010 112 °F
Got up early and walked the Ghats (steps that lead down to the water’s edge). It’s much different being in the crowd on land instead of on the river; there’s so much activity going on. Wherever you look there is somebody doing a Hindu ceremony, giving rice to the poor, buying ceremony flowers or setting up their shops.
Met my travel partners for breakfast at the hotel then hired Tuk Tuks (three wheeled, motorized taxi) to the Benares University. We transferred to cyclo-rickshaws once we arrived at the university gates. The trip through the city to get to BNU was the exciting part – the tuk tuk driver was weaving in and out of heavy traffic with horns and people coming from every direction. At the university, our cyclo-rickshaw drivers worked really hard to pedal us a good two hours through the massive grounds. Total cost: $2.85 USD.
After the university tour we decided to walk around the main street for a bit then got another tuk tuk back to the hotel. A toasty 112 degrees today.
Tonight we will have dinner at a famous restaurant then take an evening boat ride on the Ganges.
Tomorrow I’m off to Jodhpur in Rajasthan!