After spending so much of our time in India visiting many of the Hindu faiths sacred sites we saved its most holy for last, Varanasi, which lies on the banks of the Ganges. We spent our days exploring the steps, temples and old town with its narrow streets and bustling markets. A portion of each day was spent hiding from the intense heat which would get up to 40c. Easy to see why many residents favoured a dip in the river! We decided to err on the side of caution and opted for a boat ride instead at sunset. From there you can fully appreciate the mass of worshippers that gather each evening.
For the Hindu faith there is no better place to die than Varanasi, it affords one a direct pass to heaven avoiding hundreds of thousands of incarnations. Its no wonder then that funerals are big business here with the costs calculated by the weight and type of wood used for the cremation which happens in the open air alongside the Ganges in one of the burning ghats.