Varanasi // 2 days trip of vibrant colours, contrasts and confluences from the city of ghats //

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8th Feb 2019

Evening ganga pooja on the ghats of Varanasi

Photo of Varanasi // 2 days trip of vibrant colours, contrasts and confluences from the city of ghats // by Kavish Sethi
Day 1

Hey guys, so this time I planned a visit to Varanasi in Banaras, India. I had never been to the city of ghats before. It's a city located on the banks of river ganga with total 88 ghats.

I took a train from Delhi and reached Varanasi. Took an auto from the train station towards my hotel. My hotel was near Kedar Ghat. Hotels are cheaper in Varanasi starting from Rs 800 - 2500. If you are travelling solo, it's better to get it booked in advance.

WAY TO THE GHATS

The best is to book hotel near any ghat. All the roads then lead to the ghats and its more easier to walk from one ghat to another as they are all interconnected. Carry your water bottle and stay hydrated. There are numbers of small gully's, each opening a new story. The buildings are old and exquisite. There were lots of sadhus to shoot. The evening ganga aarti is a must watch at Dashashwamedh Ghat and morning aarti at Assi Ghat. There were stories creating on every corner. I just had to click. It was a delight to click, observe in silence and be a part of local culture. Also dont miss to taste the famous banarsi pan!!

ENJOY THE PICTURES..

Preparing for evening aarti

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

People viewing the aarti through boats

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Pandits performing evening aarti

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

doing rituals

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

performing aarti

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Long shutter shot

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

At one of the ghats

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

A sadhu Portrait

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Sadhu

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi
Day 2

I started my day 2 early and went to see the morning aarti at assi ghat. Assi ghat is actually almost the beginning of all the ghats. Plan, throughout the day was to start walking from their and walk till the last ghat. It was nice early morning, as I saw the sunrise. There were lots and lots of migratory birds. I clicked unlimited pictures.... Also did Ganga isnaan. It was quite serene and peaceful. Guys, just a suggestion, no need to eat from restaurants, the street food is quite amazing. Explore the city, only by walking.

Morning Sunrise

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Boat at the sunrise

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Migratory Birds

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Migratory Birds

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Migratory Birds

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Sun about to rise

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Morning view from Assi Ghat

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Boat at one of the ghats

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Stories at ghats

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Sadhu walking for pooja

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Children getting ready for school at one of the ghats

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Boat Man with flag

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

different elements at the ghat

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

People viewing and enjoying the boat ride

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Boats at a ghat

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

saint

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Dhobi ghat

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Shiva's painting at a ghat

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Saint portrait

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

baba

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Day to day activities

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Manikarnika Ghat, here all the dead bodies get burnt

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Trishul

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Fort walls at the ghats

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

real people

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

sadhu

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

On the streets of Varanasi

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

outside a temple

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

colourful walls in Varanasi

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

Local shops to eat the local food

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

interesting thing about the picture, is photos of different deities on wall tiles

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

An vintage door

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Kavish Sethi

I visited a few famous temples near Dashashwamedh ghat. I got to know that Sarnath is quite close from there. On the third day I had my flight back in afternoon. I then planned to visit Sarnath early morning. I will soon share pictures from there too!

Until then, "keep exploring" and "happy travelling".

Cheers!!

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