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Sarnath – a quiet corner of India

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After the chaos of Varanasi, a rickshaw ride to Sarnath was tonic for the soul. This was where, after attaining enlightenment, Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Continue reading Sarnath – a quiet corner of India

Varanasi – Ghats, Chats and Rats

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Disjointed pictures invade my head long after I left Varanasi. Not images of the famous ghats where Hindus cremate their dead or dip into the beloved Ganga. What I remember are street scenes where famous Benares saris festooned store fronts and being hemmed in on all sides by crowds milling their way to and from the ghats. Continue reading Varanasi – Ghats, Chats and Rats

Kashmir’s Shalimar Gardens – a piece of heaven before the storm

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Because I wasn’t a climber, I kept my distance from the mountains. Instead, I hired a shikara to travel past water lilies floating on Dal Lake to the Shalimar Gardens. Continue reading Kashmir’s Shalimar Gardens – a piece of heaven before the storm