Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
The Eyes Are the Jewels of the BodyVaranasi is India's most holy city. It is not only the ultimate pilgrimage for devout Hindus, but seekers of peace also make it a point to visit Varanasi to de-stress, relax and recharge their souls. It is a city of temples, of age-old rituals and customs. I spent hours watching pilgrims arriving at the Ganga river to worship and bathe, cleansing their sins. A highlight was hiring a boat at both dawn and dusk to view the devotees perform various kinds of rituals including lighting offering candles that they propel into the water. The boat can also take you to the burning ghats, where you can see bodies being cremated at the shore and witness the ongoing circle of life and death.