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Photo opp: The ghats of Varanasi

Photo opp: The ghats of Varanasi
It’s the iconic image of India – pilgrims washing away their sins in the holy River Ganges in Varanasi. The best time to take photos (or simply soak up the atmosphere) is sunrise or sunset. If you can manage to rouse yourself for a 5:30am start, head down to the ghats (the steps or landings beside the river) where you can hire a boat or walk along the ghats if the water level is low enough. In the morning, you’ll see people taking a ritual bath, doing yoga and washing clothes. At night, you’ll...
April 2nd, 2010 | Vawn | Read More | Comments: 1
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Visiting Varanasi: Ghats, puja and holy cows

Visiting Varanasi: Ghats, puja and holy cows
... chaotic, colourful and overwhelming, but it’s quintessential India. Just come prepared with patience and a sense of humour. According to legend, Varanasi – alternatively known as Banaras or Kashi (City of Light) – was founded by the Hindu deity Lord Shiva about 5,000 years ago. Now it’s one of seven sacred Hindu cities, about 3,000 years old, located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Hindu pilgrims travel here to wash away their sins in the holy River Ganges or cremate their loved ones on...
March 24th, 2010 | Vawn | Read More | Comments: 1
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