Friday, March 27, 2009

Taj Mahal

Well I saw the Taj Mahal, and it was... exactly the same as in the pictures. It was cool to see the real thing, but really the most important part of actually going to see the Taj is getting the cheesy photo where it looks like you're holding it.

The tourist's Taj photo - Say cheese-y

The Taj postcard photo

Now I'm in Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in India, along the banks of the Ganges. The city is best known for being the premier location for a Hindu to be cremated, or their body floated down the holy river.

Walking down to the ghats, the steps down to the river, just after arriving I saw men preparing a body for cremation. This place is very raw, with life and death displayed equally openly. People bathe themselves ten feet from burning funeral pyres. It's going to be intense to stay here.


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