By the waterfront: The many faces of Varanasi's ageless ghats [Photos]

The windswept ghats of Varanasi are a sharp contrast to the bustling, sweltering streets, literally a few steps away

Harsh Pareek August 29, 2018 11:21:06 IST
The glow of the morning light washing over the centuries-old temples on the ghats and the ageless river.
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The glow of the morning light washing over the centuries-old temples on the ghats and the ageless river.
The graffiti on the walls jump out in the daylight. The bright colors and surreal patterns against the old and moss-coated havelis.
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The graffiti on the walls jump out in the daylight. The bright colors and surreal patterns against the old and moss-coated havelis.
There are people bathing, singing hymns, meditating, getting a haircut, going for a run, or just sitting around, soaking it all in.
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There are people bathing, singing hymns, meditating, getting a haircut, going for a run, or just sitting around, soaking it all in.
Every ghat has its own unique aesthetic and atmosphere, from the architecture and the temples around it to how much it has kept up with time.
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Every ghat has its own unique aesthetic and atmosphere, from the architecture and the temples around it to how much it has kept up with time.
The evening ceremony at the ghats reaches its fever pitch with the final aarti. People swaying. Their faces lit golden in the light of the flames. The fire rising to the sky, reflecting into the cold, dark water below.
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The evening ceremony at the ghats reaches its fever pitch with the final aarti. People swaying. Their faces lit golden in the light of the flames. The fire rising to the sky, reflecting into the cold, dark water below.
Built in the 17th century by Aurangzeb, Alamgir Mosque’s glorious domes tower above the surrounding landscape.
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Built in the 17th century by Aurangzeb, Alamgir Mosque’s glorious domes tower above the surrounding landscape.
To be on a boat is to see the city with new eyes. Everything is familiar in a way, yet the perspective is so dramatically different, it takes your breath away.
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To be on a boat is to see the city with new eyes. Everything is familiar in a way, yet the perspective is so dramatically different, it takes your breath away.
The windswept ghats of Varanasi are in a sharp contrast to the bustling, sweltering streets, literally a few steps away. As the day winds down, they take on a life of their own under the soft evening sky.
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The windswept ghats of Varanasi are in a sharp contrast to the bustling, sweltering streets, literally a few steps away. As the day winds down, they take on a life of their own under the soft evening sky.