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Pilgrimage to the Holy Waters

Valerie Hohman
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When you’re in India, you can’t miss a trip to the Ganges. But you do have a choice about where to visit the sacred river - in the north at Rishikesh and Haridwar (pictured above) or in the east on the holy Ghats of Varanasi. If you head north, the water will be cold and clean. I highly recommend taking a raft trip and jumping in (provided you’re not visiting at the peak of winter). If you go east to Varanasi, I recommend against a dip in the river due to the high level of pollution. Opt instead to take a boat out on the river in the morning to watch the funeral pyres from afar and in the evening attend a river puja. Join the locals in honoring the sustaining power of the holy waters.


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