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... with garbage, sometimes with a grate covering it sometimes not. And men pee wherever their hearts desire, so it smells like urine everywhere. And there are just cows and pigs walking around and eating garbage, which doesn't really matter cause pretty much no one eats meat here. So you really have to watch where you're walking so you don't step in the sewer or a cow pie.
But back to Varanasi, which is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Some ...
... popular here with men often spitting out the brown paste from their mouth as they walk down the street. We were both half asleep but it didn't take us long to realise we were witnessing something unique that the world had to offer. The Indian people come down to bathe at sunrise. Every one of the eighty four Ghats had groups of people at the bottom of its stone steps. Some lathering themselves up for a good wash and some with hands held high ...
... it is out of respect and for others religious reasons. The bodies are wrapped in cloth, rowed out to the middle river, weighed down with rocks, and sunk. Unfortunately, in many instances the rocks are not heavy enough and once the body starts to bloat, it floats to the surface.The corpses of cows (sacred) and dogs (numerous) are also tossed into the river. We saw several floating deceased cows and and a dog in the river. The burning ghats are particularly heavy emotionally ...