After watching the amazing Aarti ceremony the night before, we woke up early the next day to take a boat ride down the Ganges.
This lady was selling neem sticks early in the morning. Chewing on neem is supposed to be good as a teeth cleaner.
Before we started our boat ride we enjoyed chai latte out of a clay pot. I was testing my digestive system and it did me well. This street purchase did not get me sick!
At dawn we started our boat ride.
As did many others.
We floated down the Ganges and got to see many different ghats (stairways along the water).
Another tourist boat was nearby and one brave guy decided to take a dip. Many devout Hindus consider this water to be holy and a dip in the river is extra special to them.
Laundry is also done by hand daily in the river. You will see this up and down the river.
Many colorful boats hang out around the ghats.
This lady was making an offering along the river.
We decided to give our own offering.
Cremations are held at either end of the Ganges. One end I could not photograph because out of respect but this one was currently not in use. You will notice the wood all around waiting for the next ceremony.
We got off the boat and I was given a blessing.
Nice mini temple in the water.
We took a walk around after our boat ride and visited some temples (no photos inside) but there were many of these temples around the alleyways.
Our Varanasi tour guide. He was very enthusiastic about his city.
This cow would not let us pass and had a stinky butt.
After our early morning tour we went back to nap for an afternoon in Sarnath.