Benaras Along the Ghats – Part 1

India, Life, nature, Photography, photos, Place, river, travel diaries, Trip, vacation

Mark Twain truely said,

“Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together”

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Benaras or Varanasi(one of the cities in the Indian state, Uttar Pradesh) has many names. This place is also known as Kashi (not to forget the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple) – one of the oldest city in the world and has many Hindu mythological stories to be related with.

Most of the photos were taken along the banks of the Ganges which are lined with an endless chain of stone steps. You can observe the Hindu way of life along these ghats.

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The best time to walk along the ghats, which I personally felt is ‘dawn’. Get up before sunrise and experience the mesmerizing life along these ghats.

You get to see quite an interesting crowd out there who come to take a dip in the ‘Holy Ganges’. You can also witness few ‘Sadhus and Fakirs’ who start their day in the most spiritual way and few in an unusual way.

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The white color mask that you can see is called ‘Vibhuthi‘(or ash) which is applied by the sadhus all over their body. This is considered to be as ‘holy ash’.

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to be continued…..

Now this is Gulmarg..!!

Kashmir, Photography, photos, Place, Trip, vacation

Gulmarg is a hill station in Kashmir Valley and Gulmarg means “Meadow of Flowers”.

The town is within the Himalayas and is within miles of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.

Lots of memories to reminisce…the horse-ride, the flowers, the scenery, LOC, etc etc..Gulmarg

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Gulmarg