Eternal Varanasi

Eternal Varanasi
Eternal Varanasi

Varanasi, Benaras or Kashi, on the banks of river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, India – The spiritual capital of India and the oldest living city, it stands frozen in time in contrast to the modern world we live in. Pilgrims visit Benaras to take a dip in the holy river or to cremate their loved ones. Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings Salvation. The stark reality of life & death, stares right at you in Benaras. I found it overwhelming being there initially but once you get used to the chaos it’s timeless & peaceful, quite unique & colorful too – a haven for photographers.

Sunrise over river Ganges in Varanasi
Sunrise over river Ganges in Varanasi

River Ganges is the soul of Varanasi. The Ganges rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and is the longest river of India as well as the second greatest river in the world by water discharge. In Hinduism, river Ganges is considered sacred and personified as goddess Ganga. A boat ride over river Ganges at sunrise is the best way to experience the ghats. A few glimpses of the city through my lens. A few portraits from India in my earlier post – Faces of India. Here’s a documentary on Varanasi, “Beyond” beautifully done!

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  1. arv! says:

    These are beautiful pictures. in fact I have never come across such beautiful pictures of Varanasi..
    Ever! I specially liked the pictures of ghats. these are pretty vibrant. bravo!
    Technical question… Were these shot using DSLR? What make and lens have you used?
    I’m impressed with composition, color and sharpness!

    1. Ritu Saini says:

      Thanks a lot ☺️ Yes, these are from Nikon D80 18-135mm. I use a D750 now 24-120mm.

      1. arv! says:

        Amazing pictures! D750? That’s the full frame I have set my eyes on. happy with your choice?

        1. Ritu Saini says:

          Yeah! It’s a bit too heavy though with the lens! :p

        2. arv! says:

          Weight and size is one the reasons, I start rethinking..it’s pain in travelling and treks!

  2. Wonderful imagery! Feel like I’m there. (And I’m a Nikon gal too – a D700, D800 and a D750 – along with a P600 for traveling light LOL) 🙂 – Suzan

    1. Ritu Saini says:

      Thanks a lot 🙂 Wow! That’s awesome! Such a wide range! 👍😀

  3. Love the depth and feel of your photos – it gives the viewer a real sense of place. It also renders a sense of timelessness, that the river will continue to inspire. Wonderful post, Ritu.

    1. Ritu Saini says:

      Thanks a lot Liz 🙂

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