Varanasi is the holiest of holy cities in Hinduism and Jainism. It is full of meaningful and powerful experiences if you know where to look. The Death and Rebirth Walk reveals the spiritual underpinnings of Varanasi. The walk is a simple concept: an expert, certified guide picks you up at your hotel in the evening and from there you venture into the depths of the city by foot.
You’ll experience the Mahashamstana, the cremation ground of Shiva, the patron deity of the city, and from there traverse from the land of living to the houses of the dying. Chance could have it that you encounter a black-robed Sadhu, a flesh-eating practitioner of the Aghor Ashram. The walk ends late at night at Sankata Mandir, the only known temple of Sankata Devi, Goddess of Danger.