Varanasi's 'ghats', or steps, are it's most famous attraction. Stretching for a couple miles or so along the holy Ganges river, they're a focal point for the city's inhabitants where all of life's activities, both sacred and mundane take place side-by-side. They'll come here to hang out with friends, bathe, wash clothes, commune with their gods, urinate, dispose of their trash and cremate their dead. For tourists like myself, to just walk along the ghats and soak it all in is a big draw in and of itself.
As this picture shows, though just because something is revered or symbolized (like the Ganges river), it doesn't mean that it gets taken care of. The Ganges is a heavily polluted waterway that is nearly devoid of animal life along this stretch. It stinks, too.
Location: Varanasi, India
Lens used: 24-105mm f4.0 IS