One of my all-time favorite places to visit is Varanasi (formerly Benares), the "holiest of the ancient Indian holy cities" that sits on the banks of the Ganges River. I was there in 2004, and I took this shot just after sunrise (I'm in a small boat looking back at the ghats).
Many, many Hindu pilgrims come here every year to purify themselves in the river. Incense fills the air and so do the sounds of chanting and celebration. Off to either side (out of view), four open-air cremations were taking place. Flowers float on the rivers. Incredible scene. The whole spectrum of life: birth (sunrise), renewal, and death.
We went back to the river later that evening. What a sight! Music, singing, chanting, swirling lights. Flowing colorful robes. Happiness. Frenzy. Delight. A feast for the senses!