Varanasi (Benares), Incredible India

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Ludwig Bispink

Life and death in Varanasi, the holy capital of India. Ritual bathing in the floods of ganges. Cremation at Manikarnika Ghat. Ganga arati.

Varanasi, is a city on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, 320 kilometres (200 mi) southeast of the state capital, Lucknow. It is holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism. Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India.