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Jain ghat, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
The holy Ganges River is holiest in Varanasi. And therefore, taking a dip in the river is a spiritual experience. It might be spiritually pure, but it's not ecologically pure, by any means. The city of Varanasi alone deposits 200 million liters of...
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Prabhu ghat, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
I have no idea why I stopped to take a picture of this goat wearing a sweater. Oh wait, that goat is wearing a sweater. Hilarious!
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D.32/162 , Devnathpura ; Bengalitola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
When you step out of a cab from the airport, this will likely be your first sight of Varanasi. It was mine when I visited this Hindu holy city in January 2013. I was initially so overwhelmed by my first few seconds there, I had to pull out my...
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Assi ghat, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India
Sunrise is one of the best times to experience Varanasi. Along the ghats (the steps leading down to the river), you'll find locals meditating, doing yoga, washing themselves in the river, and generally getting ready for the day. The opposite side...
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Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
It's not uncommon to turn a corner in Varanasi, the Hindu holy city in northern India, and be confronted by a small herd of slumbering cattle. Sometimes the bovines sport cricket-bat-sized horns and are as big as an auto rickshaw, making the idea...
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Harishchandra Ghat, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
People come to Varanasi to watch spiritual seekers bathing in the holy Ganges river. Some come to walk along the river and to view the ancient crumbling palaces. And others come to be cremated. There are two main cremation sites in this holy city....
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Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
In India, there are lassis and then there are bhang lassis. The popular yogurt drink is usually infused with fruit. Mango, for example, is a popular flavor. But in Varanasi, the Hindu holy city in the northern part of the subcontinent where...
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Kali Khoh, Harahi, Uttar Pradesh 231307, India
If you venture out of Varanasi, India, as I did recently, and you find yourself at the Kali temple just outside of Vindhyachal (as I also did), you might be smitten (or bitten) by the insane amount of monkeys that hang around the temple. Or you...
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D-20/21 Munshi Ghat, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
The Dom Raja, also known as the Lord of the Dead, rowed me across the sacred Ganges River one morning while I was in town for a week and a half to do a feature for AFAR (see the June 2014 issue or the link below). He, along with his brothers,...
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Near Manikarnika Ghat, Garawasi Tola, Ghats of varanasi, Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
The scene behind Manikarnika ghat, the main cremation ground in Varanasi, looks like a medieval workshop. In the dank shadowy lanes, it feels like you’re watching workers backstage laboring for the performance happening out front, as if they’re...
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Huanchaco, Peru
Built of mud and adobe, Chan Chan—the nine-square-mile former capital of the Chimú empire (850–1470)—was the most expansive city of its time. Wander along pathways with a guide to see wall reliefs that depict creatures from the nearby Pacific. You...