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Sightseeing in Varanasi

The holiest and most spiritual city of India is Varanasi and to many Indians referred to as the true capital of India. Varanasi is probably the must see city in India as it is the heart of its religious culture. The River Ganges runs through it and it is this river which makes Varanasi important as the religious center of India. The riverfront is packed with temples side by side in different architectural styles. It is possible to walk from one end to the other if the water is not at its highest level.

There are ghats (steps) in front of each temple leading to the river Ganges. There are too many of them to list here, but the pictures include those of Dasawamedh gath, Chet Singh gath and Karnatak gath. The temples near the river make a great sight. Many of them have been painted in nice colors and much attention has been given to details such as stone carvings and little towers giving it a castle like appearance. From each different spot along the river Ganges the view of Varanasi will be different. The only negative point of the riverfront are the advertisements on many temples which do not do justice to its spiritual character. Early in the morning and late in the evening the people go to the riverfront for the religious ceremonies.

To see Varanasi from a different view, you can get on a boat on the river. There is no need to book a boat as one will be offered to you every 20 meters along the Ganges riverfront. Behind the riverfront is a maze of alleys which is worth exploring. These alleys are narrow and have many small shops and lead to local markets. To add to the experience you will come across a few cows which could block the alleys as well. Remarkably there is also a tree in one of the alleys which manages to grow to above all the buildings.

Because of its religious importance many people choose to be cremated in Varanasi. There are several gaths where these cremations go on continuously. Behind some of the gaths there are enormous stockpile of firewood. From of more positive view, many Hindu's visit Varanasi on a pilgrimage and stand in the river Ganges as part of their religious ceremony. Many cows take part in this ritual of being in the river as well.   


Varanasi travel photo gallery 

 
Tower of a temple near the river Ganges.

Tower of a pink temple.

 



Flower pots on the steps leading to a temple.

Flower pots on the steps.

 



Steps leading to the river Ganges in Varanasi.

Steps leading to the river.

 


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Temple on Dasaswamedh ghat.

Dasaswamedh ghat.

 
Castle like structure in Varanasi.

Castle like structure.

 



The shores of the river Ganges in Varanasi.

The shores of the river Ganges.

 
Impressive buildings with steps in front.

Impressive buildings with steps in front.

 
Temple in Varanasi.

Temple.

 
Temples along the riverfront in Varanasi.

Temples along the riverfront.

 



Cows in the river Ganges.

Cows in the river.

 



People and cows along the Ganges riverfront in Varanasi, India.

People and cows along the riverfront.

 
Steps leading to a colorful temple.

Steps leading to a colorful temple.

 
Cows resting near the Ganges.

Cows resting near the Ganges.

 
Temple on Chet Singh Ghat.

Chet Singh Ghat.

 
Temple in Karnatak Ghat.

Karnatak Ghat.

 
Colorful Hindu temple in Varanasi.

Colorful Hindu temple.

 
Riverfront view of Varanasi.

Riverfront view.

 
Cow in an alley of Varanasi.

Cow in an alley.

 
Skinny cow walking between people in Varanasi, India.

Skinny cow walking between people.

 



Local market in Varanasi.

Local market.

 
Shops in Varanasi, India.

Shops.

 
Tree grown in between a small alley.

Tree grown in between a small alley.

 
Castle in Varanasi.

Castle.

 
Alley with local shops in Varanasi, India.

Alley with local shops.

 
Cow eating rubbish in Varanasi.

Cow eating rubbish.

 



Temples and steps leading to the Ganges.

Temples and steps.

 



People gathering for ceremonies on the river Ganges.

People gathering for ceremonies.

 



Palace in Varanasi, India.

Palace.

 
Silhouette of a temple in Varanasi during sunset.

Silhouette of a temple during sunset.

 



Religious ceremony near the Ganges in Varanasi.

Religious ceremony.

 



People standing in the river Ganges.

People standing in the river Ganges.

 



Small boats on the Ganges.

Small boats.

 
Storage of firewood used for cremations in Varanasi, India.

Storage of firewood used for cremations.

 
Temple standing in the water of the Ganges.

Temple standing in the water of the Ganges.

 
Palace like temple in Varanasi.

Palace like temple.

 



Boat on the shore of the Ganges.

Boat on the shore of the Ganges.

 
Walking along the ghats in Varanasi.

Walking along the ghats.

 



View over the ghats in Varanasi.

View over the ghats.

 
Temple along a ghat.

Temple along a ghat.

 
Steps leading to a temple which is half covered by water.

Steps leading to a temple which is half covered by water.

 
Cow can and a boat in Varanasi.

Cow can and a boat.

 
Steps in the ghats of Varanasi, India.

Steps in the ghats.

 
Advertisements on a temple.

Advertisements on a temple.

 



Ranamahal Ghat in Varanasi.

Ranamahal Ghat.

 



Men getting in to the river Ganges near a ghat in Varanasi, India.

Men getting in to the river.

 



Cows in the river Ganges.

Cows in the river Ganges.

 
Indian cow eating rubbish in an alley.

Cow eating rubbish in an alley.

 



Indian people washing in the river Ganges, Varanasi.

People washing in the river Ganges.

 



Hindu temple roof decorations.

Hindu temple roof decorations.

 
Palace decorations in Varanasi.

Palace decorations.

 



Firewood for cremations.

Firewood for cremations.


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