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Varanasi Vibes

There is this feeling you get when you first visit Varanasi that can be summarized in two words Dante's Purgatory. In a good way.

This was not my first time here so I sort of knew what to expect, but the magic of India (one of them) is that it surprises you with something new all. the. time. So, although the Ganga is still there, the devotes are still worshipping, the chai walla are still doing their thing, and the tourists are still snapping their pictures... 
The vibes you experience change according to how you feel. What state of mind are you in when you walk about the ghats? When you watch the sun rise? When you sit on the warm, dirty stone amongst stranger to experience the daily offerings to the sacred river? Are you going to focus on the sweltering heat, the garbage scattered everywhere, she smell of sewer filling your nostrils,  and the many homeless bodies sitting wherever they can? Or are you going to see the multiple shades of orange, hear the mellifluous voices of the se…