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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dhoom Pichak Dhoom...

Ganga Maiya.

Just two words.

However, what all these two words carry? Well, it carries history of thousands of years and faith of millions of Hindus across the globe… As per Hindu belief, a dip in Ganga and you can get rid of all your sins!

BTW, it’s not Ganges. It’s Ganga. By any means, Ganga is not a difficult world to pronounce. Whenever I read the word “Ganges”, it feels like a derogatory term to describe Ganga Maiya. It’s still okay if foreigners use that word. However, I am pissed off when Indian writers use that word for the articles which are meant for Indian newspapers. Come on! We all know and love the word Ganga. So stop Ganges and let Ganga flow!

To meet Ganga Maiya, I am visiting to the oldest city on this earth – Varanasi.

Varanasi is the oldest city on this earth. Here is what Mark Twain mentioned about Varanasi (also known as Benares) : "Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together."

As per Hindu belief, Varanasi is the center of the universe. It will be a great combination to be at Varanasi and to see, feel, touch water of Ganga. I know it may be dirty at places but still, as we all know, Ganga has a very special place in our heart.

So starting from Saturday (5th November) , I will be in Varanasi for 3 days :). It will be my first real experience to see life of Uttar Pradesh. I will also visit Sarnath, which is just 10km away from Varanasi. Sarnath is sacred place for Buddhist.

After that, I will spend one day at Ayodhya visiting all the historical places which we know through Ramayana.

WOW! The traveler in me is very excited!

Apart from the history, how can I forget yummy Samosa, Kachori, Jalebi, Rabadi and lot more that I will get at Uttar Pradesh! I am going to hog that for sure :)

It’s 4.40pm on Thursday evening. I will leave in next half an hour.

Here is the travel plan
  • Hyderabad to Warangal by train – 3 hours
  • Warangal to Varanasi by train – 30 hours!
  • (Spend 2 days at Varanasi and 1 day at Sarnath)
  • Varanasi to Ayodhya by train – 3 hours
  • (Spend 1 day at Ayodhya)
  • Ayodhya to Delhi by train – 12 hours
  • Delhi to Hyderabad by flight 2 - hours
Will keep you posted through Facebook.


P.S. : If you are wondering about the title of this post, then let me throw some light :-) Euphoria band came to limelight with their debut album - dhoom and the main track - dhoom pichak dhoom was shot at Varanasi, on the various ghats on the bank of river Ganga :)

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Anonymous said...

Wish you a very HAPPY JOURNEY. Enjoy your trip to the fullest and have great and safe time :-)

Himani said...

yeah keep us all posted..and best of journey dear

the real image said...

Ganga Maiya ki jai ho ! do not forget Har har gange ! n yeah dhoom pichak dhoom ! do keep posted abt the 30hr journey , sounds really interesting ! baaki mein . . . aapki yatra mangalmayi ho !:)

Pankaj Upadhyay said...

I would any day love to sit at those ghats and watch ganga aarti..I will anyday love to die in her lap....

ek do photos hoti boss to bas maza aa jata :)

Thanks for the write up though..

Mihir said...

Thanks all for your wishes.. It was a fabulous tri to Kashi... I have taken plenty of pics of ganga and various ghats... let me be back in hyderabad before I download and share it :)

reshmi said...

why did u have to go to warangal to catch the varanasi train...not there directly from hyd ? :) just checking in case i want to go someday

Mihir said...

@Reshmi : There is direct train from Hyderbad too..but that is once or twice in a week and it didn't suit our schedule.. so we had to go to Warangal to catch Chennai - Varanasi train...

Whiterays said...

Agree with you on the "Ganges" thing. How about a post now detailing the best part of your journey?? :)

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