“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
Travelling has made everyone soothe their soul. It is what makes it so special, it takes you to places you have never visited, makes you meet people you have never known and lets you breathe like never before. It is very important for everyone to travel once in your life to see the enchantments it creates in your soul.
I followed my extravagant journey too, with family because I went to a religious place. My journey began on a bus from where I live and it was pretty exciting because I can then judge people easily (psychologist, I tell you).
I reached Etawah which is my native place, had decided to pick up my dadi and younger sister it, yes it was a complete family trip.
22nd March 2019
We started our trip by road from Etawah, to Binduki a native place in UP. It was my father’s maternal uncle’s place. We began our journey on 22nd March 2019, a day right after Holi, and apparently, even the 3rd is celebrated as Holi in UP. The environment was pretty fascinating, it was a jammed up village with people coming together and putting up colors on each other faces where we tried different food items and drinks all homemade. Nothing has made me feel so peaceful than being there at that point of time.
23rd March, 2019
Next morning was our journey from my paternal grandfather’s house to Prayagraj (Allahabad), which was 350 KM. Early morning blues with rooster doing his job of waking us up and the subtle sun, bronze clouds hovering their way. It was a beautiful morning that I woke up to. We left for Prayagraj which is the new name of the city Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. It was a tiring journey because we had been traveling since yesterday but the excitement of meeting my friend kept me wide awake.
Yes, you read that right, my best friend lives in the city studying a hell lot of government exam. I wasn’t even sure how fast we both would meet but that is what Lord Shankar wanted. My excitement was going to end until I had hugged her. We reached there by morning 11 as we had expected from my grandfather’s place.
The first thing we visited was Anand Bhavan, it a historic house museum which has been focusing on the Nehru’s. It has the photos, lifestyle, and history of the Nehru family. This was previously the house of Motilal Nehru then later on the granddaughter of Motilal Nehru, Mrs. Indira Gandhi donated the house a museum to the government of India.
It was a beautiful place with a garden and different flowers, the museum also had a library and what could be better than a book for a book lover. I got the book “LETTERS for a NATION from Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers 1947-1963”.
After the time at the museum, we headed towards the Sangam, a very beautiful holy ghat where the three rivers meet that is Ganga, Jamuna, and Saraswati. It is believed in the Hindu Mythology that Ganga is the most pious of all the rivers, and one dip in the river will let you have Moksha (salvation). The dip in the river can take away all your sins and it will open the gates of heaven for you.
My friend Saumya Tripathi had visited me there, to make me have a ‘ heavenly’ time. We are college mates, been together for 5 years now. She had come there with her one friend, who had very keenly helped us jump. I did feel something while taking a dip in the water, that how well we have come to make ourselves believe that water is the purest of all to wipe away all the sins.
After bidding farewell to her, we started our journey for Varanasi which was 121 KM from Prayagraj ( Allahabad). The name itself makes me so excited because that city is believed to be established by Lord Rudra himself. Varanasi also was known as Benares, Banaras or Kashi is a city on the banks of the river Ganga. A major religious hub in India, it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities. Hindus believe that death in the city will bring salvation, making it a major center for pilgrimage. The city is known worldwide for its many Ghats, embankments made in steps of stone slabs along the river bank where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions. Of particular note are the Dashashwamedh Ghat, the Panchganga Ghat, the Manikarnika Ghat and the Harishchandra Ghat, the last two being where Hindus cremate their dead and the Hindu genealogy registers at Varanasi are kept here. Then we visited the Dashashwamedh Ghat in the evening for the very famous Ganga Arti then we headed to Kashi Vishwanath temple. The tourist and many people from India were rushing to meet their lord sitting in the temple.
BEWARE: the pundits in the temple are hungry for money they might even snatch your wallet from your hands, one never knows, just make sure that you don’t give them any money even after paying for arti ka thali or any other pooja stuff.
There was something very calm about the temple, maybe the surrounding or the Ganga river next to it. It made me feel like home like I have always lived there.
After meeting my Lord, we headed towards our hotel and took a beauty sleep.
24th March 2019
Next morning, we woke up fresh, I talked to a few tourists residing in my hotel and asked about their journey. Next we went to Assi ghat which was just a few steps away from my hotel, the ghat was again in the most pious from, there is definitely something about that city that soothes your soul, it makes you believe in yourself, tells you why things happen the way they do, and why one should be in content with it and have patience.
Then we visited a few temples and the Banaras Hindu University, which also had the new Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Banaras Hindu University, formerly Central Hindu College, is a public central university located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It was established in 1916 by Madan Mohan Malaviya. With over 30,000 students residing on campus, it claims the title of the largest residential university in Asia. BHU is organized into 6 institutes and 14 faculties (streams) and about 140 departments. As of 2017, the total student enrollment at the university is 27,359 coming from 48 countries. It has over 75 hostels for resident students.
With this place, there was an end to my trip.
But as we say it is always a happy ending, but the wanderlust inside me will never bow down.
BE A TRAVELLER, NEVER A TOURIST.
- banaras hindu university
- Kashi Vishwanath temple
- Dashashwamedh Ghat
- the Panchganga Ghat
- the Manikarnika Ghat and the Harishchandra Ghat
- uttar pradesh
- Anand Bhavan
- Motilal Nehru
- ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂLETTERS for a NATION from Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers 1947-1963ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ
- Mrs. Indira Gandhi