Often, the first contact with India passes by Delhi. Often, when you land in Delhi and set foot in the capital city of India, you think to flee the town as soon as possible. Delhi, either you like, either you hate, but the town never leave anyone insensitive. If the narrow streets of Old Delhi frighten or mug you, that is a matter of fact, flee. India is full of so many wonder. Otherwise, if markets, rickshaws, ambulant traders,traffic-jams, racket, din, horns, cows, dogs, stinks or sometimes stenches, oppressive heat mixed with pollution, if this life invades your mind and suits you then it is certain the town has chosen, you belong to it. Delhi magnifies you, tightens you deeply, rolls you up and eventually drugs you. Its cunning won't cease, as a wizard, it will fascinate you. Cursed Delhi. Of course, you'll leave, but always remember your envy of coming back, indelebile, because each seconds lost in the chaos city will remain unfortunately encrusted in your brain. When you'll be back, you'll forget your awe.
Though this city that counts about more or less 4 millions inhabitants shelters The Taj Mahal, nothing seduces, nothing pleases, at the contrary all disgusts the visitor. Delhi's dwellers nicknamed this open-sky slum the "4D" city, D like Dirty, D like Dust, D like Donkeys, D like Doctors in remembrance of the famous well-known psychiatric hospital housed in Agra. I think the shrinks resigned. But the others points are actually true and perfectly describe this trash. For exemple, Varanasi either one likes, either no, I liked this city, I loved its streets, its river, its banks, its deep anchor in tradition, in religion, in god's worshipping, its spirituality, the lack of fear when I wandered along Ganges. In Agra, I intended to visit the city, I desired to roam around the Red Fort and I did it. I just want to advise you, forget this idea, except if you wish face the indian reality, the absolute poverty, the tremendous pollution and if you are able to cope with awe of being mugged at each corner. The sensation of danger is everywhere. In short, if you plan to visit Agra, arrive in the morning, go and admire the Taj right away and rent à taxi to return to the railway station. Poor Taj, master work of architecture lost in the wilderness.
Khajuraho, city of worldwide famous temples, is a heaven of peace inside swarming India. Over there we can admire the erotic sculptures showing the positions of Kama-Sutra.
The city also propose a huge National Park that normally shelters some tigers. But the day I visited it, the tigers were asleep or frightened by my presence.
Varanasi, formerly Benares, is an indian city settled on the left bank of river Ganges. It is known as one of the first inhabited towns. Dedicated to Shiva, it is famous as one of the seven holy indian cities and welcomes an uncountable quantity of pilgrims. Varanasi is also renowned for its silk production.
One of its curiosities are the "Ghats", a sort of stairs made of stones allowing the hindu pilgrims to descend safely toward the river Ganges in purpose of bathing. Indeed, immersion in the river is supposed healing all sins, even the worst. Besides, the fact of scattering the cremated dead body's ashes in its waters, let appear a shortest path to heaven or at least allows a better coming life. The Ganges waters are renown owning the vertue to purify bodies and souls. One estimates each day the river receives the remains of 475 human cadavers, more than 1800 tons of burned woods (used to cremate the bodies) and 10000 dead animals.
According to legend, Buddha newly illuminated would have pronounced his first speech in its suburbs.