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Varanasi on the Ganges River is the holiest city in Hinduism and is over 3,000 years old.

Ghats as seen here across the river are steps descending to a river. These are used by people for bathing, laundry, and other activities. In Varanasi, there are hundred of ghats. Of these I was able to explore only a small fraction of them.

The most important ghat is Varanasi is Dashaswamedh Ghat (seen across in the front of this picture). These is where the daily morning and evening pujas are conducted, to the ringing of bells, burning of incense and chanting. The guesthouse that I stayed in was a short walking distance from Dashaswamedh Ghat, and so this is often my starting point in walking either to the north or south of this ghat.

Much of the daily life of Varanasi revolves along the Ganges River, on any of these many ghats.

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