Just hours after arriving in the city the group I was in made a walk to the Ganges. It took only minutes to make our way from the guesthouse to the banks of the river. We were lead through Varanasi's characteristic narrow alleys by our tour guide.
At the bank of the Ganges we all boarded a small wooden boat. Our tour guide then began rowing us surely to another section of the river. It was there that we would witness the cremations. Higher up on the page you could see our view of this.
Our tour guide rows us along the Ganges River.
These were some friendly guys we saw chilling in the river.
Aarti, according to Wikipedia, is a Hindu religious ritual of worship ... in which light ... is offered to one or more deities. The ceremony is performed all over the world by Hindus, but the performance in Varanasi is particularly popular. You can see that thousands of people show up to this nightly event.
From the river we watch the "Aarti" - a Hindu ceremony whose performance is famous in Varanasi.
Sadhus are Hindu holymen who live a unique lifestyle. If Varanasi you're bound to see a bunch.
India is one of those places where distinctly looking like a foreigner may result in you getting attention. On this night I was asked for a couple of selfies.
One of many kids selling something or another at the Aarti ceremony.
The boy pictured above is named Akash. He was persistently trying to get more and more money out of one member of our group.
Akash was probably about 10 years old at the time of this photo. No one that age should have to work so hard for money. I wanted to help him out, so I offered to take him to dinner.
Remember that boy working at the Aarti? Well I offered to buy him dinner and he accepted.
Varanasi is a very nice city. It's a bit charming, because it's pretty unique. The End.
Here's a picture of Ahm I like.
I had the chance to take a cool picture while doing some work.