February 5 Wednesday – In Benares The Clemens family was up at 6 a.m. and spent the whole day sightseeing [Feb. 8 to Rogers]. It was likely, then, that this was the day they hired a “commodious hand-propelled ark” and took several trips up and down the Ganges.
Twain's party returned to Benares Thursday, February 20:
where we stayed twenty-four hours and inspected that strange and fascinating piety-hive again; then left for Lucknow,
February 21 Friday – The Clemens party left Benares for Lucknow, some 261 miles. Sam’s notebook:
Feb. 21. Left for Lucknow about 1 p.m., hot as the nation, the flat plains the color of pale dust, & the dust flying. Tiffin [lunch] at 2, at Jawnpur City. No doubt all those native grayheads remember the Mutiny [NB 36 TS 49-50].