Discovering Varanasi

Varanasi is one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.

Varanasi is a city sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. The city is built around the river Ganges. There are many small jetties called ghats. Walking through them we can see people bathing, washing clothes or even burn their dead according to the Hindu tradition.
Varanasi is one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Bathed by the River Ganges it holds 3,650,000 souls and receives thousands of daily visitors eager to bathe in the waters of this important river, the Ganges.

ganges sunrise
At sunrise, you can see men and women doing their purifying baths in the river while paying tribute to Surya, god of the sun. It is a must for all Hindus at least once in their life.
Anyone who die in Varanasi will be released from the cycle of reincarnations, that’s why many people is waiting for his death near the river.

In this city, as in the rest of India, you should haggle everywhere and be especially very very patient and careful with rickshaw drivers because they normally try to charge more than fifty percent of the original price.
The best are the ghats of Varanasi, the city stairs leading down to the Ganges River. It’s very nice walk around them and see the entire atmosphere. It’s highly recommend renting a little boat at sunrise and take a tour through them.
In the ghats it is not possible to take pictures as it is considered disrespectful, but you can take them from the boats that cross the river with tourists .
The gath where people burn their dead is Manikarnika. If you don’t want to see a burning, it is advisable to tell the boatman and save you a bad time.

Walking around the ghats, you’ll see many Hindus who have left everything and devoted their lives to the spiritual world.. Many of them speak English, so go and talk to them, ask them questions and learn everything you can about these curious people.

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