We were given face masks prior to departing the bus. I did go with the group, but I hung back; just not comfortable at all, seeing.... Is it proper to go view cremation, as a tourist? I was standing above the group, next to one of these stone sepulcher-like structures, with monkeys jumping around me, when wailing began from across the river where the saffron-colored bodies' feet were being dipped into the river. (Yikes! Get me Out of Here!)
Our guide, Krish, explained (via our "whispers") that it's all right to take a picture or pose with these dudes, but they expect money in return. I thought they were old hippies, leftover from the 60's, but apparently not. Called Sadhus, they're "wandering ascetic yogis."