Categories North, PhotographyPosted on May 15, 2020May 17, 2020Alleys of Benaras: A photo story One of the world’s oldest cities and a world renowned religious town, Varanasi is a must see for anyone who lives or travels in India. Blue lassi in kachowri gali has 75 varieties of lassi and each one literally tickles your taste buds to give a different flavour. One of the oldest and the best pan shop in Varanasi. This man knows how to make you a banarasia. Hundreds of sadhus and pandits sits on the ghats from dawn to dusk on the ghats. This is one city that is worth traveling as many times as you can- “older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”. Manikarnika. A place where you set your foot and you’ll know this is a different world in itself. The Dom raja sits to help a dead body attain moksha. 24×7 pyres keep burning. The chants of Ram Nam Satya Hai fills your heart with melancholic peace. An experience of a lifetime is to watch a benarasi being woven. As you enter the lanes you’ll only hear the stuttering of the machines from every room of every houses of a whole colony. And that’s when you know you’ve touched a part of the benarasi culture. The Aarti ceremony happens every night at the main ghat along the banks of The Ganges River. It’s a Hindu religious worship ritual involving offerings made to the deities. The skyline of the city during sunset. Explore some of the temples of Varanasi.. there are over 2000 of them spread throughout the city. Arguably the holiest river in the world also happens to be one of the dirtiest. Every morning hundreds of men and women take a dip in the river 6 am in the morning, when the sun rises the sky is worth dying for. Hundreds of pigeons gathers around you for food . Ganga pujan is a spiritual gathering and offering not a spectacle or performance to collect tourist dollars. It truly is an authentic performance and the size of the crowd is what made it so raw. Just when the sun rises you’ll hear sehnai being played somewhere in the distance and you’ll feel like sitting for days and hours and eternity there.