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Varanasi – the Ganges

The River Ganges in Varanasi is lined by over 100 ghats, or sections of the stone platforms along the riverfront. The ghats are used for religious services, as entry points for bathing in the river, or for cremation.

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"Varanass, Varanass"

“Varanass, Varanass” was the mantra of the bus conductor as he announced our imminent departure for Varanasi, India, holy city on the Ganges. It had a magical ring to it, enhanced by the patter of rain on the bus windows and roof, the water slowly drip-dripping from the leaky roof onto my left shoulder.