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  Nepali Ghat, Varanasi
by Canadienne

Mark Twain wrote that Varanasi "is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together." It is, in fact, one of the oldest cities in the world, dating to the 7th century BC.

It is also the holiest Hindu city, bordering the holiest Hindu river. . .the 90-odd ghats lining the riverbanks support a world of activity. People are drawn to the Ganges river for everything from laundry and bathing to praying and dying.

It is simply one of the most unusual and fascinating places you will ever visit. Slow down and spend a few days here. . .take the time to let the spirit of the city reach you. . .you'll be processing this place long after you leave it.

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  • Updated Feb 21, 2004
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