The Ganges River

September 14, 2011 India 7 Comments 9,330 Views

The Things You’ll See Near The Ganges River In Varanasi, India.

Varanasi (also knows as the “holy city of India”) is a fantastic place! The atmosphere of this city is one of a kind and there are so many reasons for that. For example it’s the city where Buddhism was founded and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. What fascinated us about it, was that there is simply so much to see (far too much for one visit); especially if you’re near the famous Ganges river.

The city of Varanasi has nearly 100 ghats. Most of them are bathing and ceremony ghats, while a few are used exclusively as cremation sites, like the one you can see in the above image.
The city of Varanasi has nearly 100 ghats. Most of them are bathing and ceremony ghats, while a few are used exclusively as cremation sites, like the one you can see in the above image.
Most Varanasi ghats were built after 1700 AD, when the city was part of Maratha Empire.[3] The patrons of current ghats are Marathas, Shindes (Scindias), Holkars, Bhonsles, and Peshwes (Peshwas). Many ghats are associated with legends or mythologies while many ghats are privately owned. Morning boat ride on the Ganges across the ghats is a popular visitors attraction.
Several places sacred to Hindus lie along the banks of the Ganges, including Gangotri, Haridwar, Allahabad and also Varanasi. Therefore people from across the country come to the city every day.
Fully loaded boats on the Ganges.
Most of the Varanasi ghats were built after 1700 AD. Many ghats are associated with legends or mythologies while many others are also privately owned. Morning boat ride on the Ganges across the ghats is a popular visitors attraction.
Untreated sewage is a pervasive source of river pollution in India. City municipal waste and untreated sewage is the largest source of pollution of Ganges river near the Ghats of Varanasi.
Untreated sewage is a source of river pollution all across India. City municipal waste and untreated sewage is the largest source of pollution of Ganges river near the Ghats in Varanasi.
Buffaloes want a washing too...
Buffaloes also take a dip in the holy Ganges.
Laundry work on the Ghats in Varanasi.
As they wash their clothes, human ashes are dumped into the water just meters away. Today the river is among the world’s most polluted.
Going for a swim in the Ganges river.
Young people have heaps of fun using the Ganges as a gigantic swimming pool. Keep in mind though that an estimated 3 billion litres of sewage is released into the Ganges each day, of which only a third is processed by treatment plants.
If you take a seat on the Ghats in Varanasi, you get to see all kinds of beautiful settings to photograph.
If you take a seat at one of the Ghats in Varanasi, you’ll get to see all kinds of beautiful settings to photograph.
Burning grounds next to the Ganges river in Varanasi.
The burning grounds next to the Ganges river in Varanasi. As India grows economically, those who depend on the river are already bearing witness to the changing health of the river water.
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“The Things You’ll See Near The Ganges River In Varanasi, India.”

  1. India seems to be a colorful place! I’d love to go there some day. I’m really fascinated by your photography and stories!

  2. Hey Ines! Thanks for your lovely comment. Yes, India really is a colorful place and I can’t wait to go back there again soon ;)

  3. One small correction, for an above picture you have written “Cows want to take a bath as well…” those are not Cow’s those are called Buffalo. By the way I am form India living in Bangalore.

  4. About Varanasi, it is one of the oldest living cities in the world and one of the most spiritual city in India. Mark Twain American Author and Novelist say’s “Benaras (Varanasi is also called as Benaras) is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”.

    Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. That’s why you can see burning grounds near the Ganges.

  5. You’re right, thanks for teling me…already changes it to “buffalos” ;)
    Varanasi truly is an amazing city & thanks for posting the Mark Twain part!

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