Each year, there are thousands of pilgrimages to the holy city of Varanasi. (VIDEO)
The evening Ganga Aarti in Varanasi is an hour long ritual performed daily at the bank of the main ghat. (VIDEO)
GrrrlTraveler’s Postcard Diaries: Sunrise on the Ganges, Varanasi, India (2min video)
The darker side of Varanasi
When you first arrive Varanasi’s streets and alleyways, especially closer to the Ganges can feel like a shit hole… one giant toilet! It takes time to acclimate to all that’s going on in the surrounding environment.
My boat cruise down the Ganges at 6 AM felt beautifully special …and not, with reason that at least a 100 of other tourist boats were out on the waters racing to make the length of the Ganges before sunrise!