Mystical India

Benares (Varanasi) is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.
— Mark Twain

India is probably the most fascinating and intriguing place I've ever visited. It has always been on my travel dreams and many books have also contributed to shape my curiosity about the country (here I'm gonna have to mention one in particular, "A fine balance", by Rohinton Mistry, a truly remarkable piece of writing). 

I didn't have much time there, so I decided to explore only Rajasthan and Varanasi, and these pictures here show a fraction of the magnificent kaleidoscope of life that can be found only in India, I would say.