The Ganges, Varanasi

the ganges varanasi india

The chaotic, colourful and dirty maze that is Varanasi leads down to what is the heart of the city: the Ganges. For 3000 years, Varanasi has been the city of life and death. Cremation on the banks of the river is said to release the soul from the cycle of life, death and reincarnation. Bodies are burned and ashes scattered in the river. The poor often simply have their body dumped in the river. Elsewhere, locals use the river as they always have; washing, bathing and for prayer.

Where: Varanasi, India

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