Lesley Lui

Lesley Lui

The author is a professional lifestyle and travel photographer, originally from Toronto, but now living mainly in Central America. Her blogs are based on personal experiences she’s had from her travels around the world. Sh tweets at @sandinmylens (twitter.com/sandinmylens)

Varanasi: The city of the living dead and nirvana

“Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” – Mark Twain I’d say that Twain was quite accurate in his description of this eerie city, founded 5,000 years ago by the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. That is, if you believe in legends. Modern historians more accurately date Varanasi, also known as Benares, to around 3,000 years old, which still makes it one of the oldest cities in the world. I’d love to write a blog post about my entire experience in India, but as I’d like ...

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