Varanasi under water

We spent a couple of nights in Varanasi, attracted by stories of early morning boat rides past ghats where pilgrims come to bathe.  Unfortunately, when we arrived Varanasi was under water…the ghats (which are 50 step high bathing places) were underwater, with only a couple of steps showing and hardly anyone bathing.  All boat rides were cancelled due to the dangerously high levels of the water, and the stroll we had planned along the river had to be changed into a stroll through the back streets of Varanasi due to the water level (while avoiding some of the streets that were still flooded or muddy).  We visited several ghats anyway – here are some of the pictures of Assi Ghat, Tulsa Ghat and Dasawamedh Ghat.

 

 

A few people bathing
A few people bathing

 

 

 

Temples underwater
Temples underwater

 

Flooding
Flooding

 

Boats tied up
Boats tied up

 

We also visited the Burning Ghat, where peoples’ bodies are burned after their death (no photos allowed here).  We ate some great food – fresh lime soda at a rooftop café, lunch at Open Hand, a great ethical business, and sizzlers for dinner with our friends (sizzling meat or veges on a hot plate in front of you!)

 

Sizzlers with friends
Sizzlers with friends

 

View from a cycle rickshaw
View from a cycle rickshaw

 

Reubs and a cow
Reubs and a cow

 

Sabjee Wallah
Sabjee Wallah (vegetable seller)

 

We wandered the streets and explored the bazaar. We had a good time, but when we looked at photos from one of Reuben’s previous trips here I couldn’t help but feel jealous…check them out below!

 

The many steps of the ghats
The many steps of the ghats

 

Stunning scenery
The burning ghats

 

Varanasi from the water
Varanasi from the water

 

Bathing at the ghats
Bathing at the ghats

 

View from the river
View from the river

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. murray says:

    Love the cow picture!

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  2. Lachlan says:

    Varanasi looks very interesting… but understand that it was perhaps a little less than expected due to flooding.

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