Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and one of the very few ancient cities that is still alive. Its one of India’s most culturally rich city.
Here are some of my pictures taken during my first trip to Varanasi after a long gap of 10 years. Nothing much has changed over the years I had seen the city.
I got up really early and went to the ghat. To my surprise, the place had awakened much before me.
This sadhu was painting his forehead preparing himself for his daily prayers.
Though some ghats were crowded, some were lonely.
A lot of people come here to pay their last rites for their relatives who passed away. As a part of the ritual, they get their head shaved.
I love the paintings on the walls in the ghats. They are quite interesting.
A lot of people from south India visit Varanasi. In fact there are some areas which are mostly inhabited by Telugus and Tamils. Here a group of pilgrims pay their homage to Lord Shiva.
I sadhu gets dressed after his morning bath.
Dev Diwali was approaching and everyone was busy renovating their boats.
During Dev Deepawali, all the ghats are washed clean and painted. Then, in the evening, they put lamps all over.
A visit to Varanasi is incomplete without witnessing the evening Ganga Aarti. It is done in the same was as it was used to be done thousands of years back. One of the best aarti that I have ever seen.
There is plethora of opportunities for taking pictures, you just have to keep moving around on the ghats especially early morning and in the evening.
The Manikarnika Ghat, one of the ghats where the dead bodies are burnt.
The naga sadhus performing prayers in front of the rising sun.
A lot of kids come to the river to take bath and spend a lot of time having fun by jumping into the river from the platforms.
Some of my published pictures from Varanasi –
Some tips for Photographers –
Be ready to walk a lot; really a lot.
Wear slippers not shoes
Get going before daybreak, take some rest in the afternoon and come back in the evening.
Don’t stick to one place for long (unless you are sure about a shot) – keep moving.
This is one nice video which shows the different aspects of Varanasi –
Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.
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This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.
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