Aside from being one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi is also one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism. Historically, the city in the northern Indian region is called Benares or Kashi, which means “City of Life”. You can find the old city of Varanasi nestled on the western bank of the Ganges. Its history goes all the way back to as early as the 11th century BC.
For centuries, Varanasi has always been known as the place of religion, mysticism and even magic. Every year thousands of pilgrims make their way to the city to cleanse their sins or to cremate their loved ones. They do these important tasks in what is considered to be the sacred water of the River Ganges/Ganga.
The pilgrims come particularly to the ghats, which are on the western bank of the river that is shaped like the crescent moon. There a total of 84 ghats that line up with one after another and covers an area of almost 7 kilometers. The name “ghats” refers to the series of steps that leads down to