6.07.2009

Sarnath, One of the Big Four

A few days ago we made our way to Sarnath which is near Varanasi. This sacred site is where Buddha gave his first sermon after achieving enlightenment. To get there all we had to do was negotiate with the hotel manager for a few days for a rate which was high above the going rate, turn that rate down, catch an autorickshaw, kick out the guy who "helped" us book the autorickshaw, drive to the edge of the city, get sold off to another autorickshaw driver and take thirty minutes and drive there. Simple as that.

Once there we got to see the ruins of Sarnath, a pretty good museum with Buddhist artifacts and see the temple which was built on the site of Buddha's sermon. In addition we got to see some messengers of god (ie deer) as well. We stopped at the Thai Buddhist temple on our way back so I could get one last taste of Thailand before heading off. We stopped at McDonald's on the way back so I could try my new addiction of Maharaja Burgers...mmm...

All in all it was a good excursion from the craziness of Varanasi.

Later in the day we decided to take an evening boat ride. It had cooled off somewhat by then so it ended up being a very relaxing cap to our trip in Varanasi. Our boatman was very nice and was recently married to a Japanese woman (I'm not sure of the authenticity of this story, but whatever). After we returned to our hotel relaxing and ready for our long day to Delhi the next morning.

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