It’s an exciting time here in Varanasi. As we write at 5:00am, in our program house for the last time, our students are milling about, grabbing their things, making sure we haven’t forgotten anything, and heading out the door to travel onward to the city of Amritsar. Although we are sad to leave this magical place, we are all so grateful for what Varanasi has offered us, and very excited to move into our course’s Expedition Phase, in which students assume more direction and responsibility in the management of our travel and activities for the next week or so. We’ll be on the road all day and hope to arrive in Amritsar by tonight, and begin our students’ plan of activities from tomorrow. We’ll send more updates in the coming days, but for now you can find a few of our photo highlights from our last week in Varanasi, including the beautiful Dev Diwali festival in which the riverside is completely illuminated with candles and lights.