Entering the Varanasi fray. Photo: Fellow traveler.

A Semester in India: Varanasi

“Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together” — Mark Twain

A “calm” street in Varanasi.
Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, both BJP politicians. Politicians in power often utilize public monies to display their pictures alongside government initiative billboards.

Bollywood Experience

As you might be able to discern from the movie promotion, a movie such as this would be the subject of protests in the U.S.. Photo: India TV

Day 2

Left: The tallest Buddha statue in India, which was constructed after the Taliban destroyed numerous Buddha statues in Afghanistan. Center: Ancient Buddhist monasteries with the Dhamek Stupa in the distance. The Dhamek Stupa is where the Buddha is said to have given his first sermon. Right: The base of the Ashoka Pillar. The top of the pillar, the “Lion Capital of Ashoka,” which was broken off, is the national emblem of India.

Experiencing the Ganga Aarti

Putting Mother Ganga to sleep. The ritual is occurring on the left side of the frame. Photo: Fellow traveler.

Day 3

Left: Dhobi at work. Right: Morning bathers. The air temperature this morning was 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ganges at sunrise

--

--

Georgetown University student. I lived in India from December 2018 to April 2019. As it has done to so many others, India stole my heart.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Gregory Wischer

Georgetown University student. I lived in India from December 2018 to April 2019. As it has done to so many others, India stole my heart.