Onward to Varanasi
Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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This morning we walked to the Eastern temples early to avoid the heat of the day. On the way a few young boys started asking us questions. They were practicing their English and asked if they could tag along and ask questions. One wanted to learn Italian so he could be a guide. We walked through old Khajuraho and the kids told us about the four different castes that lived there. The temples were interesting, but we felt the Western ones were a little better
In the town we noticed that they smear cow dung around their doorways. We were told this is to deter mosquitos and help prevent malaria. For the Diwali Festival they also had sculptures with decorations made from the cow dung at their front door. Something you don't see back home.
The last Jain temple was built from the remains of the old ruined temples around 100 years ago. After watching some kids play cricket (they are cricket mad here!) outside the high school we caught a pedal rickshaw back into town. Rick picked up his cheap tailor made shirt and we went back to the Yogi Lodge to pack up. We've secured a taxi to Varanasi leaving tonight at 6pm. It's going to be an interesting ride, but we've got some local biscuits to keep the hunger pains away.
We also met a guy called Dave from Holland. He's been coming to India every year since 1997 and gave us some tips and suggested a place to stay in Varanasi. We've checked it out on the net and all looks good. The rest of this afternoon we'll just kick back, watch India play Sri Lanka in a day-nighter and wait for the cab.