a little bit more info for your to get an idea of what to expect on the Varanasi trip:
Arrival is on the first day of spring which is not only auspicious but sees the beginning of many musical celebrations in Varanasi. we will have much to choose from. Due to these types of events I always refrain from giving a fixed itinerary as with all things India one has to be ready to shimmy and shift like the wind to keep up with impromptu events that cant be missed.
We will be staying at the Haifa Hotel in Assi which is a minute or so walk from Assi Ghat, on the Ganges, where they hold subah – e – banaras, an outdoor stage for daily early morning concerts after the 6am Aarti there.
I generally start by taking everyone to get appropriate attire as we will be visiting people who, although are familiar with the foreigners and their ways, will respond much better to those who are respectfully dressed and who pay attention to their cultural observances.
In this list of people will be renowned musicians living in the city, who I am close to and also a Vedic professor who I have been seeing for philosophical discussions.
We will meet them in their home where we will be able to hear their music and gain access to their traditional ways of living. The Vedic professor (and a few musicians) do not speak English but for the Vedic discussions and questions there will be myself and also the professor’s good friend who loves to take part in such discourses.
Of course there are the ghats and the holy men, and temples of high vibration which will be visited too. Some will be well known temples but there will be those off the beaten track that need a visit.
Lunch is arranged in a clean restaurant where they have always obliged my requests. They also have the best yoghurt in town with their own cattle right there next to the restaurant! Apple Pie to die for.
If you wish to come for longer I am happy to help with those arrangements. There is more of a formal blurb with full details such as arrival, costs, what’s included: www.heart-healing-india.com
I hope to show you a hidden side of this city, gems which hide but sparkle for those who go the extra mile to find them.