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How to Build a Holy Smart City

Alykhan Mohamed | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Alykhan Mohamed

Picture an ancient city full of intricately carved stone temples, where millions of pilgrims and ascetics come to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges, as Hindus have done for hundreds of generations. Now, imagine that the holy water of the Ganges is being monitored by electronic sensors to detect pollution levels, and the lights illuminating the streets and houses of this city are fitted with motion sensors and calibrated to save energy.

Varanasi: Elation, Stimulation, Confusion!

Alka Pratap | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Alka Pratap

The heady aroma of incense is contrasted by the stench of garbage, the cobblestone pathways are coated red with paan, and the chant of a sanyasi is interposed by the groan of a passing buffalo. That's Varanasi in a nutshell for you.

The Art of the Loom in Varanasi, India

Leora Novick | Posted 08.02.2014 | Travel
Leora Novick

Varanasi, India is home to world class weavers and a huge textile industry. I was lucky enough to get to visit these craftsman and observe as they handled the enormous looms with grace and dexterity.

Development, Corruption, Hindutva -- Indian Elections 2014

Chaitanya Kumar | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Chaitanya Kumar

In this politically charged atmosphere, I experienced sparks of madness and maturity that were exhibited by the people in Benaras.

Revolution 2020: Does Life Imitate Art?

Lisa Ellen Niver | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Lisa Ellen Niver

Reading Chetan Bhagat's Revolution 2020 in December 2012 while traveling by bus throughout India, it has seemed that art imitates life. The newspaper has been alive with the protests in the street with the "pink revolution."

Death, Dirt And Cows In The Holy City Of Varanasi

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 10.21.2012 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

When I arrived, Varanasi reminded me of a filthy, disheveled Venice, but where Venice is like a living museum, Varanasi teems with life.

Northern India's Golden Triangle

Scott S. Smith | Posted 05.19.2012 | Travel
Scott S. Smith

Awakened by the haunting first call to Muslim prayer at 4:30 a.m., we rode elephants up steep hills to Amber Fort, a massive citadel for Hindu rulers.

WATCH: A Human Rights Lawyer Turned Fashion Insider?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Leon | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

At first glance, Maiyet appears like any other luxury label available at Barneys - chic, fresh and with a price tag to match the high-level aesthetic....

Last Minute Presents That Will Last a Lifetime

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marissa Bronfman

What if the perfect gift was actually a world away, on the other side of the globe, in an ancient city on the banks of a holy river?

A Hind-Jew in India

Perry Garfinkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Perry Garfinkel

I arrived in Hinduism's holiest city on Judaism's holiest day. But how was I to spend Yom Kippur, a solemn day of atonement and fasting at the 5-star Nadesar Palace?

Varanasi: India's Holy City (PHOTOS)

Rajan P. Parrikar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rajan P. Parrikar

In this holy place beats the heart of an ancient civilization.

The Husband Test

Tabby Biddle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tabby Biddle

I missed writing the blog last week! This was not due to any laziness or any other lame reason, but rather due to the fact that I was laid up in bed ...

A Clean Karma Bath in the Muck of the Ganges (xvi)

Karin Badt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karin Badt

Only in India do people comment on the experience of getting there ("this was fresher," said Vivek) rather than the destination itself.

Child Photography in Varanasi: Pooja with Puja (xiv)

Karin Badt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karin Badt

I sat on a curb in the dark, the sun not yet lifted, watching dozens and dozens of people sleeping on the concrete, some beginning to rise, the breeze fresh from the Ganges.

Streetkid Shopping in Varanasi (xv)

Karin Badt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karin Badt

The most fun experience one can have in India, if you have an extra twenty dollars, is take a street child to buy her new clothes.

Varanasi: City of Rebirth (xii)

Karin Badt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karin Badt

There is nothing like waking up at dawn to take a boat ride down the Ganges, past the men standing mid-waist in water, placing their hands together in prayer and chanting.

Varanasi: The Illicit (xiii)

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Karin Badt

The travelers who come to Ganges View Hotel are unusual: a sophisticated Danish woman who works with trauma victims in Iraq, Columbia and other war a...

Varanasi: The City of the Dead (xi)

Karin Badt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karin Badt

Varanasi, the holy city of the dead, is a blast of life. Right from the train station, the roads are dense in clanking bicycles, women in black veils...