I had joined a new company in September, 2017 and the next month I was asked to visit Varanasi for a research study that we were doing. And I was thrilled.
I knew I will only be able to squeeze in half a day worth of outing for myself, so I opted for a backpackers' hostel instead of a nice hotel. Most of the hostels organize short walks/tours, so I thought staying at one would help me explore the city in the best possible way.
I had some very unique and memorable experiences in Varanasi:-
Shared a dorm with 2 guys: I had not booked my hostel online and when I reached there, the only option available was to stay in a 4-bed mixed dorm where there were 2 Korean guys already staying. Being a ‘bhartiya naari’, I was a bit hesitant but there was no other option. There were no private rooms available in my hostel; I checked the availability of rooms in another hostel, but there were no rooms available there either. And I did not want to venture out on UP streets at night or stay in some shady hotel nearby. So I agreed staying there for a night and then shifting to a private room the next day.
To the people who know me – I did not agree because of the two Korean guys staying there ;-) (I am a tiny bit obsessed with Korean dramas and actors so as to say)
There would not have been any problem, but the two guys were completely hammered and apparently what is shown on K Dramas came to be true – Koreans drink A LOT and get VERY loud when drunk. I actually had to ask one of the guys to STFU when he continued talking to me while I was trying to sleep. And he did. But I could not sleep properly the whole night.
Which was good, because I had to go for a Sunrise Boat Tour organized by the hostel at 5 in the morning. The tour started from Deshashvemedh Ghat, heading towards south of the river till Harishchandra Ghat going till Manikarnika Ghat and concluded at Deshashvemedh Ghat.