Varanasi is the holiest Hindu site in India, as it was believed to have been founded by Lord Shiva thousands of years ago. Water from the Ganges River is prized among Hindus as the holiest of holy water, and pilgrims flock to its shores every morning before dawn to purify themselves. The city performs a synaesthetic dance upon the senses–its smells, sounds, colors, and visuals will provoke, astound, assail, and enchant. I would like to be there now. But, living as it does in my memory and in my heart, I carry the sunrise upon the Ganges with me this and every day.