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Rajasthan and the ‘Golden Triangle’ are exotic and amazing; its forts, palaces, natural wonders, culture and cuisine entice you at the same time that its poverty and pollution repulse you. All its contrasts create a vivid impression and an elixir for living vibrantly.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Doing Yoga with the Dead, Varanasi

Locals and historians alike say that Varanasi (formerly Banaras, under the British Raj) is India’s oldest city. Though not as densely populated as other thriving Indian locales, Varanasi nevertheless remains one of its most affecting destinations. For, it is not only India’s oldest city, but also one of the nation’s holiest. Situated in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, en route to Kolkata from Delhi, Varanasi rests at the mouth of the holy Ganges River—the Ganga (G-On-ga), a Hindu goddess whose very essence is the river itself. Furthermore, Varanasi is the site whereupon generations of Hindus have gathered to immolate their dead, sending them upon the river’s potent waters perched on a burning raft at daybreak and dusk; the river has absorbed the ashes, and the mystique, of the deceased.

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