Vivid Varanasi

Friends tell me they are off to India, and that one of the places they must-see is the Holy city of Varanasi, the spiritual capital for Hindu pilgrims. Instantly, colorful images of that incredible city – it sits on the banks of the Ganges River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh – flood my memory from a recent visit. The sights there remain so vivid, but relating those experiences to someone else falls rather flat.

But, do listen to my interview with tour guide Sanjay Nepal on Travel Writers Radio for a taste of what travellers will find there. His description is far better than mine could ever be as he has lived and worked there for many years.


Best of the best

AS the year closes, family and friends ask “Where was the best place you visited this year?”

Invariably, that place is where I have just been.

As I was in India this month, it remains fresh in my mind as a great place to be.

I saw the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, and that took my breath away. So did other sights around India.

But the place that stays in my heart is the holy city of Varanasi where many Hindu head to their final resting place beside Mother Ganga (the River Ganges).

On Travel Writers Radio, I talked to Scenic Tour Director Sanjay Nepal about that memorable experience.

FOOTNOTE: I took malaria tablets while travelling through India, but did not come across a mosquito. Back in Australia, and I get my first bite of the summer!