Varanasi Ghats. It is the place where life throbs. A perennial procession of devotees who come here for various fulfillment. Some for taking a dip in Holy Ganga. Others for conducting Shradh or rituals for ancestors. Few others just to absorb the ambience of ghats or to go for a boat ride on Ganga. For locals – Benarasis – this is the arena for every activity. Be it morning swim in the river or pujas or Yoga or drying clothe or even for a game of Cricket! The ghats like Dasahvamedha (the main ghat of Varanasi), Harishchandra (Ghat where cremation takes place) and Manikarnika (Ghat where cremation takes place) are always throbbing with activity 24/7.
The best time to observe life on ghats – there are 85 of them along the bank of the river – is in the morning. The morning boat ride on Ganga is a great opportunity to watch it. Or just walk along the ghats. We couldn’t do it because the floods had covered the ghats and it was not possible to walk from one to another. Thus we had to make do with the views from the boat.
The scenes on the ghat is better seen than read. Join us as we take you through a pictorial journey of life on the Varanasi ghats….
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This is the Sixth post in Varanasi series. Please click on this link to read other posts exploring this holiest of cities in India.
- Though any time is good to experience the life on ghats, mornings are the best.
- Capturing life on ghats is a photographer’s dream. You will get a lot of opportunities.
- Make sure you have a good zoom lens. Don’t go close to people to click them. They may not like it. Many photographers have landed in trouble clicking women from close. Use zoom from a vantage point.
- Morning light is also the best for taking photographs.
- If you are doing ghat hopping, tray and talk to locals who are friendly and helpful.
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