This was posted Friday on the Intelligent Travel blog for National Geographic, an article I wrote about my time on the River Ganges. Enjoy.
Life and Death on the Ganges
Our boat was a beauty and her name was Sita. For ten days, she was our home on the Ganges – our portal into a world of few boundaries, where Hinduism is palpable and life and death confront the senses with brazen, and equal, abandon.
Women dressed in vibrant saris splash the holy water across the small frames of their children while, just a stone’s throw away, bodies of animals and humans brush against the banks as they work their way downriver.