September 14, 2011
India • 7 Comments
11,373 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.
There is some resentment for tourists trespassing through the cremation ghats in Varanasi. You can take photographs from a distance, but you shouldn’t come too close out of respect.
The Ghats in Varanasi are used for drying clothes that have just ben washed in the Ganges river.
As they wash their clothes, human ashes are dumped into the water just meters away. Today the Ganges river is among the world’s most polluted.
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.
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.
Kids love jumping into the Ganges from the Ghats in Varanasi, especially when they’re being photographed. They 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.
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.
Not only body fluids make their way into the river, but also lots of chemicals from the daily washing routine in Varanasi. It’s not for nothing that the Ganges is one of the most polluted rivers in the world.
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 also take a dip in the holy Ganges.
If you take a seat at one of the Ghats in Varanasi, you’ll get to see all kinds of beautiful settings to photograph.
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.