1/2/2008 to 1/3/2008 | India , Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi on the sacred Ganges river is India at its most raw.  The strange dichotomy that makes up India is on display in this city of pilgrims in its most extreme form.  Its beauty in the midst of poverty, celebrations of life surrounded by death, spiritual cleansing amidst incredible physical filth, chaotic streets and endless touts along side peacefully meditating faithful completely detached from the commotion around them.  The funeral pyres burn around the clock, in the city in where every Hindu wants to die while the living greet each morning on the banks of the holy river, bathing in the “spiritually clean” waters.  No wonder it’s simultaneously both a fascinating and uncomfortable place.

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