Morning on the Ganges – Keep Calm and Wander

Published Date Author: , April 3rd, 2017


The Ganges River in Varanasi is everything to the Hindus who live in the city. They consider it holy but they don’t treat it like one. It’s murky and polluted. For a visitor like me, I see the flowing river crying for help. Strolling along the banks, I saw a lot of things that’s not normal in many ways. I guess, it’s just the foreign eyes in me, eh?

There were things that crept me out. But,one particular incident was when I saw a dead body wrapped in a cloth floating in the river. The boat man pointed this to me and I was mortified! Why? Because few meters from us were people bathing and swimming like it’s the most natural thing to do in the world.

Ok, well, it’s a very natural thing to do for them, at least, right? I talked to my fellow travellers at the hostel – and they, too, have seen a floating body or two. One guy told us that he saw a dog devouring a human hand. “I could never unsee that in my lifetime,” he said.

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geoff richards said on April 8, 2017, 8:03 pm:

Yes was thwere recently and it is as described BUT I’d suggest that may still be a better option than alternates for those using the river. Was there twice – saw no ‘floating bodies’
Certainly the way to see in in one of the small rowboats pictured in your story.

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