Khajuraho and Vanarasi : last days in India
India is all about holiness, hinduism, temples and arranged marriages. But the picture wouldnt be complete without one of the most famous part of Indian culture : Kama Sutra.
Welcome to KHajuraho, tiny village in north India with one street, no cricket pitch but with a domestic airport!
The picture above looks like any other temple, right. You see those carvings, those sculptures?Take a look closer. Yeah, that's it!
Its an erotic sculpture. You can find about 20 or 30 in total. No one really knows why these carvings were made but there are a big attraction!
Most of them are soft and hidden in a corner but some are just nasty!
Had a quiet stay in Khajuraho. I met a really gold-hearted shop owner, Anand. he invited me to his village which is a three-hour drive away from Khajuraho. Meet his best friends and family there.
This was a really remote village, where they still extract stones with arm-powered machines.
here is Anand and his family.
Next stop after quiet little Khajuraho, holy Vanarasi, one of the oldest city in the world. The Ganga River, the Ghats, the burned bodies, the sadus...
This city is dedicated to the cult of Shiva, one of the 3 major hindu gods.
All day, every day, from sunrise to late at night, people from all around India go to the Ganga. There they die, worship, play cricket, bath, sell, laugh, deal drugs, live, wash their clothes eventhough this river is 150 times more polluted than La Seine and The Thames combined.
But the Ganga is mostly famous for its burning ghat. Old People from all over the country come and die in Vanarasi so that they can break the reincarnation cycle and get their body to be burnt by the river. For the past 3000 years, bodies are been cremated by the Ganga and the ashes are thrown into the river once the body is fully burnt.
Vanarasi sums up of what India was to me > colorful, extrem, intense, holy and unique.
I've crossed the border : I'm now in Nepal. Should go trekking in the mountains in a couple of days!