This is a typical lane in Varanasi. Ahead there is a temple on the right side. Notice the brick work on the buildings. You can tell from the brick work that these buildings were built a long time ago as the bricks are thinly made. Today's bricks look much like what is used in America--about twice as thick as those which are seen here. This lane has a sewer underneath as can be seen from the center stone in the foreground and background. These stones are the "Manhole Covers" of Varanasi. Steel or iron are not used for manhole covers. This could be because they will be stolen or because they are expensive to make. Click here to see an inventory of brick designs from a local kiln Prayag Bricks.