Varanasi: Impressions

It was actually cool when we disembarked from the plane.  Some might even say cold, not me you understand, but some.

It is much drabber than the south.  I don’t know if it is because people are bundled up in jackets, which tend to be dark in color or what.  There don’t seem to be as many women on the streets and those that are out aren’t wearing the vivid colors of the south.  (The beautiful saffron colored scarves in the photo on the Ganges were being worn by three American women)>

The air quality is very poor.  It’s a good day today but the air is still thick with haze.  Lots of coughing and hacking and hocking as a result.

The vendors are much more persistent than in the south.

The city streets are cluttered with crud.

It is loud and busy and probably much more what people think of when they think of India than the south.

I think I am glad that we will be here only a few days for this visit.


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