FUN-festival – Dev Diwali Delight!

November 18, 2016 by  

  • The Festival of Lights of the Gods…

…is only celebrated in Varanasi…

…15 days after the country celebrates Diwali…

…when the moon is full.

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Can you spot her baby?

  • Steps of all the ghats on the riverfront…

…are lit with more than a million earthen lamps (diyas)…

…in honor of Ganga, the Ganges…

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…and its presiding goddess…

…so popular that this city of 3 million…

…swells to a whopping 5 million.

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Final Finishing Touch

  • Glad to be in a boat…

…with only a dozen of us…

…away from the hoards of people on land…

…but that quickly faded…

…as more and more boats arrived…

…all jockeying for position…

…until we were totally enveloped…

…by a sea of boats…

…merging with the river bank…

…and making the river seem nonexistent.

FUN-Bonus – We were booked at the Taj in Varanasi but because they were oversold we got an upgrade to their Nadesar Palace next door. Only 10 rooms/suites and sweet it was! I just LOVE when that happens.

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