I have started my photography journey 3 years back. I am always attracted to the people and the story around them. I see stunning street photographs by many talented photographers from Varanasi, India. This is the oldest city in India. The city of gods, the city of color. You can feel the real essence of ancient India in Varanasi.
Recently, I got a chance to spend 2 days in Varanasi. Someone on my train journey told me that 2 days is not enough to know the city properly. And I admit that he was right. This open book has so many chapters to offer.
I spent my maximum time roaming on the ghats of Ganga. Varanasi has so many ghats like Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat etc.
I just sit for hours with my camera watching the people gossiping, bathing and kids were playing, these places are full of life.
Hindus respect the river Ganga as their mother, The water of Ganga is considered as the purest water which can remove the sins from you. People come to take a bath in the holy water every day.
Every evening on the ghats they worship the Ganga which is known as Ganga arati. Ganga Aarti is performed daily in the evening by a group of priests at the Dashashwamedh Ghat.
They performed Agni (fire) puja, Shiva puja by chanting mantras. Every evening thousands of visitors assemble at Dashashwamedh Ghat, to view the spectacle of evening Aarti in Varanasi.
The city will never fail to amaze you. The Brahmachari kids from different ashrams are practicing the march for upcoming programs, some meditate in the ghats, they live there with very disciplined manner.
Varanasi is also famous for the silk, which is known as Benarasi Saree. You can find so many shops through the narrow lanes selling silk cloths.
Anyone who wants to explore Varanasi, I would like to suggest you feel the beauty first, observe properly, talk with the locals, sit in one place, patience is the key here. You don’t know what will happen next, make your camera ready and be hungry for the story in front of your eyes.
Expensive gears are not that important, I had only used my Canon Eos 600D with 18-55 mm Kit lens for the day time for night shots I had with me the 50mm prime.
Varanasi is an open book with so many chapters, you have to choose the right chapter to create your own story.