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Varanasi

Personally I couldn’t stand Varanasi.  This might have been because of the thick cow shit spread over every piece of ground or it might have been because when there I contracted a virus that gave me a fever and an all over rash.  However most people rave about this place and cant wait to go down to watch someones carcass burn on an open fire, somehow feeling spiritual.  And to all you twats that kept telling me its the oldest city in the world, its Damascus, not Varanasi.

Anyway here’s some photos

The burning ghats, Varanasi’s main attraction.

Ghatside

The biggest Bull I have ever seen, on one of varanasi’s cleaner streets – Honestly!

Some more ghat action

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Tunday Kebab

Amongst other things – most of which were just extra justification, we went to Lucknow for the kebabs.  And apart from Its famous architecture and the ruins of the residency its most well known as having some of the best meaty dishes in India.  The areas previous rulers, the Nawabs – of Persian descent – knew how to treat themselves to a bit of a feast and over the years this filtered down into the large muslim community – although i’m sure I seen a few people with tiki spots munching beef kebabs.

Anyway, if Lucknow is famous for kebabs, then Tunday Kebab is Lucknow’s most famous kebab restaurant.  Chefs cook meats out front of this place frying little rounds of Shami Kebab and Grilling tandoori chicken, while boxes and boxes of biryani are filled and sold at an amazing rate.

Inside, guys are stuffing their faces, while we get ushered into the family room to stuff ours in a more civilised manner – apparently.  From the concise menu we order shahi chicken masala and a plate of mutton Shami kebabs – boiled mutton pounded with chickpeas to make a intense flavoured pattie with an almost pate like texture.

Add that to some paper thin rumali roti and sheermal – a doughy paratha with saffron and you’ve a mighty fine Nawabi treat. It all goes down pretty fast, the texture and flavour of the kebabs is great, but the richness of the kebabs has our stomachs churning for a while – all this meat after two essentially meat free months maybe wasn’t the best idea. Oh, well.

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Lucknow Zoo

Or rather the train station.  In india there’s lots of places with animals roaming the streets. But Lucknow takes the prize for most wildlife.  There are cows everywhere.  An article in the Indian times about the problem was in the paper the day we left.  Apparently there are 200 dairies inside the city limits.  And once a cow is past its milking years they just abandon it to the streets.

Obviously there are the obligatory monkey troops and packs of dogs roaming around too. and this is only the train station. 

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Slap the Taj Out

Well this is what most people come to India to see.  And it’s definately worth it.  Just not sure its worth a tenner to get in.  And it would be nice if it wasn’t in such a shithole of a town too.  But hey, you can’t have everything.

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