Our 10-day trip during Diwali began in Varanasi, one of India’s holiest cities on the banks of the Ganges River. The city plays host to a teeming flow of pilgrims from all over India, Asia and the world.
I wanted to come to the Ganges and Varanasi for several reasons. Firstly, Hindus consider the river the most sacred of all waters; it is worshipped as the goddess Ganga herself. They believe the river is purifying and healing—to bathe in it is an act of faith and to have one’s cremated ashes put into it provides a sure ticket to heaven. Read more