A traditional Hindu cremation takes place on a funeral pyre at Manikarnika Ghat beside the River Ganges in the Indian holy city of Kashi, also known as Varanasi or Benares. Photo: Robert Harding

The hostel in Indian holy city where Hindus go to die – you have to be on the brink of death to get a room

  • Thousands of Hindus go to the holy city of Kashi each year to die, believing that dying there breaks the cycle of birth, death and rebirth
  • Hostels such as Mukti Bhawan, run by a charitable trust, provide short-stay accommodation for guests at death’s door
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A traditional Hindu cremation takes place on a funeral pyre at Manikarnika Ghat beside the River Ganges in the Indian holy city of Kashi, also known as Varanasi or Benares. Photo: Robert Harding
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