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Bhubaneswar Temple Tour
"Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at your selected departure time.Head to the most famous and oldest temples of India that were built in 9th-10th century. Visit the Lingraj Temple built in 11th Century. The splendid Lingraj Temple (t the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva) represents the culmination of the evolution of temple architecture in Odisha. Visit the next Temple Mukteshwar Temple belonging to 10th century. Standing 34 feet tall the Mukteshwar temple is one of the smallest and most compact temples in Bhubaneshwar. However it's famous for its exquisite stone archway and ceiling with eight petal lotus inside its porch. A number of the carved images (including lion head motif) appear for the first time in the temple architecture. Your next destination Brahmeshwar Temple. Situated around a kilometer east of the
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Bhubaneswar Temple Tour
"Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at your selected departure time.Head to the most famous and oldest temples of India that were built in 9th-10th century. Visit the Lingraj Temple built in 11th Century. The splendid Lingraj Temple (t the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva) represents the culmination of the evolution of temple architecture in Odisha. Visit the next Temple Mukteshwar Temple belonging to 10th century. Standing 34 feet tall the Mukteshwar temple is one of the smallest and most compact temples in Bhubaneshwar. However it's famous for its exquisite stone archway and ceiling with eight petal lotus inside its porch. A number of the carved images (including lion head motif) appear for the first time in the temple architecture. Your next destination Brahmeshwar Temple. Situated around a kilometer east of the
From $55.00
 
Private Tour: Konark Sun Temple and Pipli Village Day Tour from Bhubaneswar
"You will be picked up from your hotel in Bhubaneswar for this full-day tour which will start with a visit to the Chariot of the Sun God Temple built by King Langula Narasimha Deva in 13th century A.D. during the Golden Era of Orissan art. The Sun Temple is known for its exquisite and intricate architecture and sculptures. Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea the Sun Temple is a sight to behold especially during Sunrise. Its prominent location has guided ancient mariners for around a millennia. In order to distinguish Konark from the whitewashed Jagannath Temple in Puri European settlers referred it as the Black Pagoda.After the temple you will continue your tour to Pipli artist village where the locals produce applique art - a process of cutting colored cloth into shapes of animals birds
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More Local Customs in Varanasi

Pass away in Varanasi

They believe that once you die in Varanasi (Benares, Kashi), your soul gets free from the samsara - the reincarnation cycle, you can reach the nirvana and do not have to try and try all over again in...
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fajtra
Nov 13, 2012

Why are the priests so young? Are they for real?

The main thing which you go to visit Varanasi for is it's spiritual feeling, the great hindu rituals and customs, cremations, prayers, the sunsets and sunrises at the bank of Mother Ganges welcoming...
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fajtra
Nov 13, 2012

Respecting life in all its forms

We were walking back to our hotel late one afternoon, and saw a dead cow, which had fallen off a ghat. Now this is not so unusual, but what stopped us in our tracks was what was happening.....there...
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lynnehamman
Apr 28, 2012

Bonkers on Bhang!!

Bhang, like hashish, is a preparation of cannabis (both buds and flowers) that for some reason is government authorised. There are many outlets in which you can procure the substance, in either baked...
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global-drifter
Nov 28, 2010

Bhang shops

I should probably make it clear at the beginning that according to the law in India, it is illegal to grow, consume or traffic cannibis.However. This law is rarely enforced, at least for locals, and...
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illumina
Aug 06, 2010

Tree Shrines

There are shrines next to (and often in) trees all over Varanasi, and indeed India. We spotted this one on emerging from one of the galis somewhere not far from Scindhia Ghat. Notice the little steps...
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illumina
Apr 14, 2010
 
 
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Wall paintings

The walls of the ghats and the galis are covered with paintings, many of which are obviously just advertisements for hotels, restaurants and shops, but some are of gods and goddesses, like this...
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illumina
Apr 14, 2010

Funeral processions

Because Varanasi is considered the best and most holy place in India to come to die, the backstreets behind the ghats are filled with houses for the dying, and during any walk through the galis it is...
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illumina
Apr 14, 2010

Sadhus

A sadhu ('good man' in Sanskrit) is usually a Hindu who has given up the worldly life to practice ascetism and meditation, often as part of a wandering lifestyle although they sometimes live in...
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illumina
Apr 14, 2010

Cricket

I was in two minds as to whether to put this tip in the warning/danger category, as it can be a bit of a hazard to navigate around! Groups of boys and young men regularly play lengthy games of cricket...
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illumina
Apr 12, 2010

Dhobi wallahs

During any walk or boat ride along the river and you're sure to notice the long lines of saris and kurta etc laid out to dry on the slopes. The people doing the washing are the dhobi wallahs, the...
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illumina
Apr 12, 2010

Bathing the Water Buffalo

It isn't only people who bathe in the river Ganges - walking along the ghats we saw lots of water buffalo, and frequently their owners were leading them into the water for a good wash! The buff seemed...
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illumina
Apr 12, 2010

Bathing in the Ganges

The River Ganges, or Mama Ganga as it is frequently called, holds a very sacred position in the Hindu religion, and is associated with many myths and legends. It is believed that the river water has...
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illumina
Apr 12, 2010

DO NOT PHOTOGRAPH CREMATIONS

While walking alongside the river, you will pass certain ghats. The cremation ghats, known as "The Burning Ghats" are busy 24 hours of each day. Its very confrontational seeing a cremation for the...
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lynnehamman
May 19, 2009

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"Kashi Banaras Benares Varanasi"
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"Varanasi - the Land of Ghats and temples"
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"Varanasi: Hindusthan's City of Light."
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"Varanasi - The City of Light"
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"Keeweechic's Varanasi"
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