Along the Ganges

by Julia Laporte March. 20, 2019 815 views

Varanasi was as crazy, chaotic, congested, crowded, fascinating and impressive to experience as expected. It holds such contrasts of beauty and less than desirable cleanliness, all amidst such a holy and spiritual place.

One morning we rose early to catch the sunrise by boat on the Ganges. The same day we did a three hour walking tour through both the Muslim and Hindu areas of the city and then, of course, it led us to the ghats by the river. In the evening we witnessed the daily evening puja by the water.

We enjoyed having experienced all that Varanasi has to offer and at the same time were pleased to move on by the end of our stay, to a more quiet part of the country.

Before sunrise on the Ganges

Before sunrise on the Ganges

Along the ghats

Along the ghats

Our lights on the Ganges

Our lights on the Ganges

Fishermen

Fishermen

Swimming in the Ganges

Swimming in the Ganges

My assumption is that the boy in the water has an empty plastic container tied to him for buoyancy because he doesn’t know how to swim.

My assumption is that the boy in the water has an empty plastic container tied to him for buoyancy because he doesn’t know how to swim.

Early morning in the narrow passages of Varanasi

Early morning in the narrow passages of Varanasi

Varanasi is known for its silk weaving industry

Varanasi is known for its silk weaving industry

Varanasi is known for its silk weaving industry

Varanasi is known for its silk weaving industry

Along the ghats

Along the ghats

Lassi being prepared at the famous Blue Lassi Shop

Lassi being prepared at the famous Blue Lassi Shop

Before the evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Before the evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Before the evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Before the evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Before the evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Before the evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Before the evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Before the evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Before the evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Before the evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

Evening ceremony at the Dashashwamedh Ghat

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Greg Blaney 2 years ago

You are such an excellent photographer, Julia. Your eye to capture the moment is outstanding. The way you captured the smoke in the evening ceremony is impressive and I was totally immersed in your Ganges photos (pun intended) - numbers 2, 3, 4, 7 and 10 are National Geographic material.

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Julia Laporte Replied to Greg Blaney 2 years ago

Thank you Greg, but I really do feel like a beginner. The one thing I always struggle with is getting things (and the right ones) on focus. I know all the theory but still find it quite hard in practice with moving pieces and find myself using the camera’s preset modes too often for my liking. But I do enjoy the process of photography and composing a shot very much, which is the most important thing! smile

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Russell Smith 2 years ago

Quite a breath taking series of images. Thank you for sharing them

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Julia Laporte Replied to Russell Smith 2 years ago

Thank you very much, Russell.

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