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!
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
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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