16-21 january 2011 – manikarnika ghat

(disclaimer: these are not my best shots from the afternoon; i’m going to try to get those published somewhere. you get the rest.) on my fourth day in varanasi, i went to manikarnika ghat. manikarnika ghat is one of the two crematoria on the banks of the ganges. according to my guide – an 18-year-old kid who basically started showing me around unbidden, but who ended up being a lot of help – they burn upwards of 400 bodies each day there. (i’d estimate only 100-200 based on the traffic i saw, but i may have been there at a…