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Finding Enlightenment in Varanasi India

Kimberly Cantor | Posted 03.28.2016 | Travel
Kimberly Cantor

On our third and final full day in Varanasi, we had Shukla take us on a city tour with his tuk-tuk. There are over 2,000 temples throughout Varanasi ...

The Famous Ghats Of Varanasi India

Kimberly Cantor | Posted 03.23.2016 | Travel
Kimberly Cantor

Luckily, on our second full day in Varanasi it stopped raining so we were able to wander outside to the famous Ghats. All the must see's and must do'...

Lost In India: The Hunt for Susan D.

Kuro Tawil | Posted 03.17.2016 | Travel
Kuro Tawil

You always meet the most interesting people when traveling. January 23, 2013 was a cold morning in Varanasi, India. I had ended up there by complete...

Our Visit to the Holy City of Varanasi India

Kimberly Cantor | Posted 03.16.2016 | Travel
Kimberly Cantor

Varanasi, otherwise known as Benaras or Banaras, is like no other city in the world, I'm sure of it. According to legend, it was founded by the Hindu ...

How 11 Days in India Taught Me About Magic, Meditation, and Mortality

Reena Nagrani | Posted 10.28.2015 | Travel
Reena Nagrani

In January of this year, as a gift to myself, I attended a spiritual adventure throughout North India with my beloved friend and mentor. Having traveled to this spectacular land before, I knew the experience was going to be extraordinary, but I was quite unprepared for the depth of my inner journey.

What to Make of Madonna's Holy Pole-Dancing

Peggy Payne | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion
Peggy Payne

I feel almost obligated to be a Madonna fan, since I write novels about the intersection of sex and spirituality. Madonna is probably the world's leading living artist who deals with this sizzling and controversial combo.

My Indian Sister

Peggy Payne | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Peggy Payne

One morning 24 years ago, I stepped out onto the second floor balcony of a flat on Kabir Nagar in Varanasi, India. A woman doing a household chore on the next balcony caught my eye. She said: Come to my house!

Agra and Varanasi: Places You Should Visit and Photograph

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

Agra, India, is the home of the Taj Mahal. It is 127 miles south of New Delhi. Varanasi, India, the holiest city in India, sits on the Ganges River...

Impressions of India: Varanasi's Riches

Mary Anne Erickson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Mary Anne Erickson

Today was our second-to-the-last-day in India and I am feeling a mixture of emotions about leaving this powerful land. Our wake up call was for 5:00 a.m. to greet the morning sunrise over the Ganges

Impressions of India: Varanasi

Mary Anne Erickson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Travel
Mary Anne Erickson

We each found a seat and he slowly pushed and paddled his way out of the crowded loading area, his copilot pushing other boats away so we could break free and out onto the river. My heart was pounding as I clicked away, hoping my camera was catching some of the magic!

Saving the Ganges River Is Saving Humanity

Cameron Conaway | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Cameron Conaway

One year into his tenure, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi shifts his Ganges River rhetoric from "he" to "we."

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 w...

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.