Photography Tours Varanasi, India
"Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together!" - Mark Twain
One of the holiest destinations of Hindu pilgrimages, Varanasi stands at the very center of the Hindu universe, offering the photographer a unique perspective to the soul of India.
The Ghats (flight of steps / an incline)
What more can we say about Varanasi? A praticipant on several of our photography tours in India summed it up in five words: "Varanasi is a photographer's nirvana!"
We, agree wholeheartedly!
"Varanasi is like another planet..."
"...crammed perspective of platforms, soaring stairways, sculpted temples, softening away into the distance; and there is movement, motion, human life everywhere..."
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Varanasi - The Soul of India
Refered to as 'the city of temples and learning', the holy city of Varanasi (Benaras), situated on the banks of the river Ganges in India, is one the oldest continuously inhabited cities on earth.
Encapsulating the essence of India's Hindu religion, Varanasi with it's endearing faith, picturesque river ghats, and a way of life unlike any other in the country, Varanasi ranks amongst the most sought-after destinations on our India photography tours.
Varanasi is home to some of the most ancient and revered monasteries & temples in India and perhaps the world. Droves of Hindu scholars still come here to learn the ancient knowledge of the Vedas and contemplate on the nature of God. It is also believed by Hindus that to die in Varanasi and be cremated at the cremation ghat by the riverbanks of the Ganges here is certain to liberate them from the cycle of life and death.
Culture being that set of beliefs, customs and practices that give a people a sense of collective identity, Varanasi epitomises India's Hindu faith and culture. Central to culture are places where people tend to congregate; in Varanasi it is the river ghats.
For thousands of years, devout hindus have flocked the ghats every morning to bathe in the holy river and absolve themselves of their sins. For thousands of years, priests have ceremoniously lit lamps every evening and performed elaborate rituals in worship of the holy river. For thousands of years, life in Varanasi has revolved around the river and the stone steps (ghats) that lead to it.
Witnessing and photographing the thousands of devotees, elaborate religious ceremonies and daily events at the ghats is something that no photographer will want to miss.
Markets and Temples
The narrow lanes alongside the ghats bustle with activity of all sorts. Here you'll find the ubiquitous ctea vendor dishing out his milky fare in earthenware cups. Walk ahead and you'll find customers bargaining with the flower seller over the price of garlands for the temple deity. Small shops sell colourful sarees... there is an unhurried pace to life here that will give you ample opportunities to photograph a true exotic marketplace in the heart of India.
Varanasi is all about people photography. People bathing in the river. People contemplating the nature of God. People in the marketplace. Priests performing elaborate ceremonies. The oddball - fresh out from a dip in the river - standing on the ghats drying his swimming trunks on his bald pate...
At the end of it all, you'll be left wondering - is it the people of Varanasi that give this place its unique character? Or, is there something about Varanasi that gives people their character? The answer to this question will help you understand why we call Varanasi "the very soul of India"
And now that we have your attention...
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