A Snake charmer and his fanclub

Being a dumb American tourist, I seriously expected to see snake charmers and cobras on every corner in India. Well, I didn't. Instead, they seemed to appear wherever it was safe to assume that large hordes of tourists might be passing through. Take this guy, for example, who was in the old town of Varanasi, just up the hill from the Ganges. The cobra stays in the box until you cough up the rupees.