Monthly Archives: February 2018

Sarnath near Varanasi

By | 28th February 2018

At the Kautilya Society Guest House in Varanasi, we met two young Indian students who were doing some work at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). We chatted with them over breakfast and lunch and were delighted we could finally have a conversation with some locals who didn’t have ‘making a sale’ as their main agenda for… Read More »

Shiva Temple, Varanasi

By | 27th February 2018

Most visitors to Varanasi, whether they are religious pilgrims or mourners cremating their dead, will make a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple – the focal point of Shiva worship in the city and one of the most important Shiva temples in all of India. Vishwanath is one of twelve so-called Jyotirlinga sites. The Jyotirlinga,… Read More »

Varanasi Ghats

By | 26th February 2018

After three nights in Assi Ghat we decided to move further north to a guest house behind the Brijrama Palace Hotel near Darbhanga Ghat. The new location would allow us to be closer to two important Hindu sites in Varanasi – Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of India’s most famous Shiva temples and Manikarnika Ghat, the… Read More »

Arrival in Varanasi

By | 24th February 2018

The city of Varanasi has been a cultural centre of northern India for several thousand years and is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Situated on the sacred river Ganges and located more than two hundred kilometres west of Gaya, Varanasi is a major religious pilgrimage site in India. In Hinduism… Read More »

Mahabodhi Temple

By | 22nd February 2018

Some time between the sixth and the fourth century BCE, Gautama Buddha, a young prince from a family with minor royal lineage, made it his goal in life to find answers to the problem of ending universal suffering. Leaving the security of his family home and adopting the life of an ascetic, he headed to… Read More »

Ellora and Ajanta Caves

By | 17th February 2018

Our main reason for being in Aurangabad was the city’s proximity to two large systems of ancient rock-cut temples known as Ellora and Ajanta Caves. Both sites were away from large cities and towns, built in to natural escarpments in the landscape and located nearly one hundred kilometres apart. Natural caves had been used as… Read More »

Rendezvous In Aurangabad

By | 13th February 2018

Entering the arrivals hall of Aurangabad airport in India, I was greeted by a man called Mr Ashoka who was holding a sign with my name printed on it. He spoke very little English but I knew he’d been sent by the hotel I had booked several weeks earlier when I was still in Nepal.… Read More »