This incredible city is a real knot of contradictions. Varanasi is a contrasting combination of luxury and poverty, magnificent architecture, and mud on the narrow streets of poor neighborhoods. The city used to be so beautiful that the supreme god Shiva himself and his wife Parvati wished to settle there. It remained just as charmingly beautiful today. And at the same time, Varanasi is a place of death, because thousands of pilgrims come here to die. The funeral fires have been burning here for centuries, without fading out. It's believed that after dying in this city, the worshippers of Shiva will leave the wheel of samsara and will never be reborn in another body again.