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Varanasi, or Benaras, or Kashi , one of the oldest living cities in the world, is considered as the spiritual capital of India. Varanasi is closely associated with the river Ganges. Hindus believe that death in the city will bring salvation, making it a major centre for pilgrimage. Thus the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites.

Varanasi is known worldwide for its many ghats, embankments made in steps of stone slabs. Here are some pictures from my recent visit to Varanasi.

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