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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh | River theatre

Images of this city washed by its holy riveras seen from its banks

The Ganga aarti puja that takes place at sunset every day. Photo: Gautham ManoharPremium
The Ganga aarti puja that takes place at sunset every day. Photo: Gautham Manohar

Life in the city of Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, revolves around the river Ganga—with pilgrims, tourists and locals alike having their lives touched by the river on a daily basis.

Some pilgrims come here to wash away their sins, and others come to seek piety and peace. The ghats, some of them packed with crowds, are a unique vantage point from which to look at the city.

This was why I chose to take a boat on the Ganga and look at the city from the river. This photo essay captures some of the sights I saw.

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GETTING THERE

GO

Varanasi is well-connected to most major cities in India by air, rail and road.

STAY

Hotel Surya on Mall Road is a comfortable and well-appointed place to stay (rooms start at around 2,000-2,500, per night, for double occupancy; www.hotelsuryavns.com). There are numerous other options to suit all budgets.

DO

Attend the ‘aarti puja’ on Dashashwamedh Ghat at sunset; and hire a boat (and a guide if you want a bit of history thrown in) to tour the city along the river.

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Published: 27 Sep 2014, 12:21 AM IST
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