Varanasi, India through photography (pt 1)

"Benares (Varanasi) is older than history, older than tradition, older even than
legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together." -Mark Twain Man praying at the Ganges River. Varanasi, India
A night train away from Delhi is the holy city of Varanasi.  This is one of those cities that we could just feel how special they are.  Mark Twain's quote above states this feeling well. I guess sometimes it's just best to borrow from genius writers.

Varanasi is one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world.  It is culturally significant to Hindus, Buddhists and also Jains.  For Hindus, over a million devotees a year make the pilgrimage to Varanasi to bathe in the Ganges river.  Buddhist also pilgrimage to Varanasi to the sight where Siddh?rtha Gautama (Buddha) gave his first sermon.

No matter where we turned we saw something to capture.  Between Meggan and I, there was a rarely a minute that went by without taking a photograph.  Even with the hundreds of photos, this is a place that must be experienced in person to really appreciate.  Here's our best effort to share Varanasi with you through photographs, broken into two parts, this is part 1: Candle floating on the Ganges at sunrise. Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India    Man reading after bathing in the Ganges. Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India
Our oarsman fro the morning. Varanasi, India
Oar in the Ganges. Varanasi, India
Bathers in the Ganges. Varansi, India
Woman praying in the Ganges. Varanasi, India
Ganges River. Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India
Holy man and boy. Varanasi, India
Woman walking along the Ganges below a holy man. Varanasi, India
Man bathing and a sacred cow. Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India
goats. Varanasi, India Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India  IMG_3541
Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India

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3 Responses to Varanasi, India through photography (pt 1)

  1. Dan says:

    Fantastic photos. You’ve really captured the life on the ghats.

  2. anahi says:

    Hi guys !
    Great images, I’m in awe! I’ve been enjoying all of your posts. Truly inspiring!

  3. says:

    Inspiring my friends Inspiring.