Thursday 11 Feb 2016
A 4-hour train ride took us from Allahabad to Varanasi. A strange feeling as it has only been 2 years since we were here.
Varanasi is a breath of fresh air after the chaos of Lucknow and Allahabad... Okay, maybe 'fresh air' isn't the best expression 😄😳 Already things have changed: it seems warmer in the evenings, the sky is hazier, the river level has dropped quite a bit, and our favourite restaurant (right next door to where we are staying) has recently closed. But no worries; we returned to a Nepalese restaurant around the corner where we ate fabulous pizza and mushroom paneer for about $2.50 each!
Riding the train - this was the "unreserved" section - ours was substantially better and didn't have bars on the windows:
View from the roof/balcony of our guesthouse where we have breakfast (or can enjoy a Kingfisher beer - tough to find commodity here - as the sun sets over the river):
Monkey trouble (have to take care with open doors and windows lest they get in):