Varanasi

In this Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 photo, a Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, and a dog rest in an alleyway in Varanasi, India. Narrow alleyways, known as gullies, leading to the banks of the Ganges River make up a large part of the city, sacred to Hindus and one of the oldest living cities in the world.

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A Sadhu and a dog rest in an alleyway in Varanasi, India. Narrow alleyways, known as gullies, leading to the banks of the Ganges River make up a large part of the city, sacred to Hindus and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Read more

Students of Shri Vidya Math, a school for Hindu religious learning, walk to their school, in Varanasi, India, Monday, July 29, 2013. Varanasi, known as the city of temples and learning, is one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage for Hindus.

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Students of Shri Vidya Math, a school for Hindu religious learning, walk to school in Varanasi, India, on Monday. Varanasi, known as the city of temples and learning, is one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage for Hindus.