The holy Indian city of Varanasi (also known as Benares or Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Situated on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi has been both a spiritual and cultural center in India for centuries. Many famous saints, philosophers, poets, scholars and musicians have lived at this place.
The most prominent and famous place in Varanasi is the famous ghats (steps leading to the banks of the Ganges). This is where the old city can still be found. Varanasi boasts of almost 100 ghats where pilgrims can be seem bathing in the early morning, worshipping the sacred river, offering prayers at the many temples on the ghats and chanting sacred hymns.
The Dasasvamedha Ghat is probably the most famous of all the ghats, and it is here that every evening Hindu priests perform a spectacular Ganga arati (waving lamps in homage to the Holy RIver) to the accompaniment of sacred music.
Varanasi attracts many foreigners also and it’s not unusual to find shops with signs written in Japanese, Hebrew or Russian. In fact, it is estimated that about 200,000 foreign tourists visit Varanasi every year despite the fact that the city’s tourist infrastructure is pretty poor.
With it’s sprawling ghats, quaint gullies, temples, culture and spirituality, Varanasi is a great place to visit for a photographer.