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Few statistics of our journey as of now:
Distance travelled : 4️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣kms
No. Of States : 1️⃣0️⃣ states
No. Cities/towns/villages visited : 1️⃣4️⃣
No. of couples we met : 4️⃣couples👫
No.of friends we made in our journey : 1️⃣2️⃣ people👦👩
No.of things we forgot/lost : 5️⃣😪
From Manali we boarded the Himachal Pradesh State Transport bus to cut down our costs. The strenuous journey lasted for about 12 hours through ghat roads till Chandigarh and rest 4 hours through the normal roads (total 16 hours). We reached Haridwar early in the morning around 7 pm and relaxed till afternoon.
People from all the parts of India visit Haridwar to offer their prayers to Ganga river. The main attraction of Haridwar is the Ganga Aarti on the banks of river Ganga in the evening time.
After the holy bath in Ganga people stay for Aarti and start occupying seats in the front from around 5 pm whereas the Aarti starts at around 7:15 pm and lasts only 15 mins.
This holy place is densely crowded during this period of time. To have the best view you need to be sandwiched for about 2 hours in the crowd.
But the Aarti seemed to be really phenomenal with the reflection of the lights coming from Aarti in the flowing Ganga river.
Out of our observation we noticed that the number of mobile phones and cameras were more than the eyes peeping out at Aarti.
After witnessing the spectacular Ganga Aarti in the evening, we started our journey to Varanasi.
We reached Varanasi in the evening around 6’O clock. We had only that one night to see places in Varanasi. So, we got ready swiftly and quickly went to the ghats and temple. The roads in Varanasi are so confusing, narrow and full of traffic. We somehow found our hotel after 40 minutes of exploring the narrow gullies(roads) of Varanasi.
We got ready in an hour and rushed to visit the Kashi Temple. There was not much rush in the temple as it was night, so we could complete our darshan fastly. Interesting thing is, even the way to find the entrance of the temple is like a maze.
After visiting the temple, we went to the ghat and spent some time relaxing and discussing about the surroundings.
Few observations and comparisons between Haridwar and Varanasi :
1) At Haridwar the water is at flow unlike still water in Varanasi. So, the waste doesn’t stay and gets washed away. But in Varanasi due to still water and highly increasing devotees, the water is completely polluted and the waste in the water is clearly visible to the naked eyes. It looks so untidy with plastic waste and other materials which devotees leave after performing the holy bath.
2) Haridwar is far better in cleanliness compared to Varanasi.
3) Haridwar is a dry area, where we can’t find any non-veg dish, even egg in at least 5kms around the temple. But, in Varanasi, there are meat shops, bar and restaurants just 1km away from temple. (We are not discussing whether is should be there are not, we are just stating the facts based on our observations).
After our visit to Varanasi, the next morning we started our journey to New Jalpaiguri.
The train which we boarded to New Jalpaiguri goes through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and we had some weird experiences in the journey.
We thought of mentioning some of our experiences, so that you can wisely choose on how to travel in this route
1) Smoking in the sleeper compartment itself and the worst part is no one had any complaints against him although 4 ladies along with 5 children were sitting next to him.
2) Roaming around the compartments wearing a single piece inner, was really weird to watch.
3) Demanding seats to sit and sleep even though they do not possess a single reserved seat.
Our conversation was like:
“Bhai sab uthiye na hame sona h meri seat par”.
“Hey brother! I would like to sleep in my seat”
And reply from that guy “Dikhayi nahi de ra ha h, hum bhi so raha h”
“Can’t you see, I am also sleeping”
4) Most untidy compartments filled with gutkha wafers and eatables on the floor and stinking washbasins and washrooms amongst all the routes across India.
5) Around 2-3 people were sharing each seat and we have not seen TT or police moving around.
We felt like we are the only 2 odd one out as everyone was quite normal to such conditions. Every time we raise our voice or question them, the general audience around us behaved like what’s wrong with us.
After this crazy weird journey, we somehow reached our destination.
That’s all for now folks!!
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