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On to Varanasi

Getting train tickets for India is another challenge. It was complicated getting the process set up from Australia because needed both an email password and a phone password. We were waitlisted after we finally bought the tickets and then only had our tickets confirmed hours before we were due to depart.
In Agra, we had some time to spare so we went to the gardens of the maharajah and saw the Taj again but from across the river. It’s a good spot to take some more photos of the Taj if you have time. We got the 8.11pm overnight train to Varanasi. It took an extra 4 hours and there was no tap water but otherwise the trip was better than we expected.
We met our guide at 5pm. After wandering around the markets and alleyways, we took a boat ride on the Ganga. We watched the nightly ceremonies at the gnats. There were a number of fires to burn the bodies of the dead and then ceremonial singing and worshipping. It was an amazing experience to be there… it is hard to describe but was incredibly special.
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