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Travel Blog-Day 11

This is a blog about my 36-day trip through Nepal, India, and a little bit of China.  I’ll make one post roughly every week until it’s all finished.

Day 11: Varanasi-Sarnath

I got up and went to Sarnath today, the Deer Park, where the Buddha gave his first teaching.  It was different than what I remembered, but then everything seems to be.  There never was admission before, but now there is.  It was very nice to be there.  Except for one Southeast Asian monk, four Thai nuns and two Japanese women, I was the only one there.  There was a slight drizzle, really a gentle mist in the air.  It was not hot.  The experience was very, very wonderful.

Sarnath is about ten to twelve kilometers outside of Varanasi.  I took a cycle rickshaw to get there.  The rickshaw wallah seemed to be quite sick and constantly coughing.  Whenever there was any kind of upward incline he just couldn’t make.  I kept getting out so he didn’t have to cycle so hard.  On the way back, I got another cycle rickshaw.  This guy, even though he appeared older than the first, was singing the whole way back.  It started to pour, it is monsoon season, I put on my poncho and am fine, the rickshaw wallah didn’t seem to care at all.

I went to a music store and was talking to the owner about sitars, Mohan Veenas and stuff.  He kept getting phone calls.  I asked if anything was wrong.  He told me, he was renovating his house and was having trouble with the contractor.  He said they don’t show up on time, telling him what they can’t do, and keep raising the price.  Go figure, contractors are the same everywhere.

Dhamekh Stupa at Sarnath

Monk studying at Sarnath

Dhamekh Stupa at Sarnath

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