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On The Road to Varanasi

The journey by bus from Lucknow to Varanasi took six hours. The distance is around 200 kms. (125 miles) but this is a very busy road, as we soon discovered - we came upon no less than five serious looking accident scenes on the way, our first since driving anywhere in India.
Varanasi is considered one of the oldest cities in the world . . perhaps if the weather had been a bit better, our impressions might have improved too - because I have to admit we found it to be one of the dirtiest and dingiest places we'd yet visited . . . but it was still a fascinating place.
A road side shelter
A road side shelter
Busy street scenes along the way . .
Busy street scenes along the way . .
One of 5 bad accident scenes we passed . .
One of 5 bad accident scenes we passed . .
Heading for our only comfort stop en route . .
Heading for our only "comfort stop" en route . .
Inside, not as bad as some of us feared . .
Inside, not as bad as some of us feared . .
Another dramatic accident scene . .
Another dramatic accident scene . .
Intricate grill work in a humble building . .
Intricate grill work in a humble building . .
Traffic waiting at a railway crossing . .
Traffic waiting at a railway crossing . .
Here comes the goods train, as we wait . .
Here comes the goods train, as we wait . .
Little temples and mosques always merit a decorative touch . .
Little temples and mosques always merit a decorative touch . .
A mother comforts her child near a street market . .
A mother comforts her child near a street market . .
Grey mud, rusting metal awnings . .
Grey mud, rusting metal awnings . .
In this part of India, bicycles provide most of the transport . .
In this part of India, bicycles provide most of the transport . .
Vegetables seem plentiful . .
Vegetables seem plentiful . .
A brief glimpse of green crops growing
A brief glimpse of green crops growing
Two kids . .
Two kids . .
Note the man in the foreground - many men in India wrap their heads like this
Note the man in the foreground - many men in India wrap their heads like this
Sleek black cattle in a less than sleek environment . .
Sleek black cattle in a less than sleek environment . .
A furniture store with customers . .
A furniture store with customers . .
Bags, bundles and bicycles . .
Bags, bundles and bicycles . .
Yet another busy street corner . .
Yet another busy street corner . .
This must be the gunsmith's place . .
This must be the gunsmith's place . .
Our room at the Holiday Inn in Varanasi . .
Our room at the Holiday Inn in Varanasi . .
Beyond the hotel's swimming pool, our view of the teeming city
Beyond the hotel's swimming pool, our view of the teeming city
Funiture workshop, perhaps . . ?
Funiture workshop, perhaps . . ?
Why are this boy's legs hobbled . . ?
Why are this boy's legs hobbled . . ?
In the silk factory, the weaver at his loom . .
In the silk factory, the weaver at his loom . .
Looking at another loom, with its emerging fabric . .
Looking at another loom, with its emerging fabric . .
Silk bedspreads for our consideration . .
Silk bedspreads for our consideration . .
A gorgeous display of silk goods spread out before us . .
A gorgeous display of silk goods spread out before us . .
Well dressed girls watching our bus go by . .
Well dressed girls watching our bus go by . .
Heavy traffic of a different sort!
Heavy traffic of a different sort!
This was our transport in Varanasi . .
This was our transport in Varanasi . .
If you look closely, the bicycle rickshaw in front of us is carrying 4 passengers . .
If you look closely, the bicycle rickshaw in front of us is carrying 4 passengers . .
Evening vegetable market  . .
Evening vegetable market . .
An unusual sight in India - an Anglican church   . .
An unusual sight in India - an Anglican church . .