We often had to be really careful as we walked along the embankment because of the number of goats and cows who had free reign of the place!
Bathing in the Ganges.
Lali Ghat: More laundry was being washed here in front of the ghat.
Photos of the Jain Ghat below:
The redesigned pattern of rice done on my behalf.
Our achy, breaky knees walking up and down all those steps - thank goodness we had enjoyed seeing the Jain Ghat!
While wandering from ghat to ghat along the river, we had to be really careful of kids playing cricket. I learned that a little late though after I got beaned hard in the chest by an errant tennis ball! We also got our feet entangled in kite strings that had been left on the ground ready to ensnare unsuspecting passersby.
Seeing all the cows rummaging through the garbage pile would be just your style, Janina, right!
After walking through the excavated areas and looking at the pillaged remains of the Dharmarajika Stupa, we walked to Dhamek Stupa, above, also within the park, next.
Information about Jainism if you're interested.
The shoe attendant.
Photos from nearby Mulagandha Temple:
Built in 1931, the temple had marvelous frescoes by a Japanese artist depicting scenes from the life of Buddha.
We made our way next to the most sacred place for Buddhists in India where Buddha gave his first sermon. Photos from the Buddha Complex:
I understand that it may seem bizarre that we were able to achieve a sense of peace while watching from our perch above the Ganges bodies being burned in a dozen or more funeral pyres below us on the banks of the Ganges - I think it was a matter of your needing to be there to understand. It was well after dusk by then and a pall of heavy smoke from the wood fires clung on the cool air.
Posted on 12/31 from our home in Littleton, Colorado.