Varanasi, without a shadow of a doubt, is Hinduism's seat of spirituality. It is both insanely chaotic as it is spiritually soothing. One does not need to be Hindu to experience the spirituality of the place. Nowhere else in the world where the drama of life and death is staged more profoundly than along the riverbanks of the Ganges River. The rituals of the living, the dying and of the dead unfold side by side in an intense pursuit for holiness. The lingering scent of burning incense sticks weaves in the air with the essence of burning human flesh. The atmosphere is nothing short of intoxicating. Those who have come to witness claim that the experience continues to pervade in the mind long after they have left the confines of Varanasi.