Alarm woke us up at around 5:30am. Some of the guests from the GH have been scurrying down to the lobby to join the sunrise boat ride on the Ganges. Our boatman was waiting for us outside the guesthouse, when everyone are already present, he led us through a dark maze of ancient lane ways to get to his boat. At around 6, the darkness is already fading away, as we paddled through the ghats, we witnessed personal forms of worship – here in the lifeline of Indian culture, we slowly floated by on our boat as families came to the river’s edge to bathe, worship, offer puja and pray. Here on the Ganges, we watched the sunrise and welcomed a new day.
By 7am, more and more people flocked to the river side to do their morning rituals. Varanasi is waking up. The sun was a giant red ball of fire on the horizon.