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Varanasi

Varanasi, also known as Banaras, is one of the oldest cities of India, with a written history dating back over 4,000 years. It is also the holiest of Hindu cities, located on the holiest river in India, the Ganga, or Ganges River. Pilgrims from all over India come here to partake in the various ceremonies, primarily involving the Ganges River.
The Sacred Light Ceremony on the Ganges River
The Sacred Light Ceremony on the Ganges River
India's Version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
India's Version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Cremation Ghats on the Ganges River
The Cremation Ghats on the Ganges River
Launderers on the Ganges
Launderers on the Ganges
The Sunrise Bathing Ceremonies on the Ganges River
The Sunrise Bathing Ceremonies on the Ganges River
Pilgrims from Sri Lanka on the Ganges River
Pilgrims from Sri Lanka on the Ganges River
An Indian Sardu, or Holy Man
An Indian Sardu, or Holy Man