From the TAR Intro thread.......
These remind me of water taxis. Cheap way for people to get back and forth across the river. The big modern bridges and the pontoon bridge are really at the extreme ends of the waterfront in Varanasi shoreline. Do our teams have to ride in a water taxi?
Ram Nagar Fort
Surely this cant be the only fort in Varanasi. The Brits built forts everywhere. Why is this one in the screencaps? It sure is looking good for a pit stop.
Does anyone think these two go together?
Japan, China and India......all known for incense. The remaining countries are not really known for incense and brasiers.
India or Brasil?
I think the cow is India. It is way to calm, in my mind, to be in the Rio area. But it looks like there are spent fireworks on the ground beneath the cow.
Having looked at several hundred pictures of Varanasi in the last couple of days, I can say that those row boats are very typical of Varanasi. They are everywhere along the Ganges. I'm sure they are used as water taxis, cargo transportation, tour boats, funeral boats or just about anything else you could think of. If the teams do go to the east bank of the Ganges for the wall umm... plastering task, a boat like that would be the most efficient way, as well as being telegenic. Varanasi looks like a fascinating place to visit. I doubt I'll ever go there, but if I ever get to India, I'll definitely make an effort to get to Varanasi.
I haven't looked for forts, but since it's in the intro, that would be a likely place for a pit stop.
Clutch mentions the incense being from the detour in Lijiang. I can't remember it that specifically, but I seem to recall seeing it somewhere in the Lijiang leg. However, I may be recalling the speculation here from before that episode.
I agree with the others about the bull being in Varanasi. They are everywhere in Varanasi, at least in the pictures I looked through. In the roads and streets, in the narrow alleys, even along the ghats and banks along the river. No doubt making dung a overly abundant and cheap building material.