What makes Banaras unique are its "Ghats". Over several centuries, the Ganges gently sculpted the banks of this city, a magnificent natural amphitheater, proudly showcasing not just her ethereal beauty, but also the quintessence of our nation, our culture, our philosophy, our religions, our mythology, our diversity, our psyche and our way of life.
Numerous Ghats dot the nearly 7 km arc line of the Ganges riverfront between the confluence of the River Asi in the south and the Varuna in the north.
"Ghats" - Artificial embankments that are actually a long flight of wide stone steps leading down to the river where people can take a holy dip. But there are more to these Ghats than just bathing and cremating. Each of the eighty-four Ghats of Varanasi holds some special significance.
This shot was taken early morning - around 6.50/6.55 am and a few of the halogen lamps are still on. There was a slight mist and the weather was very humid.
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holmertz (40101) 2013-10-24 12:53
Th photo seems a bit dark, otherwise the subdued colours are very attractive and the actiities on the river along the ghats are as exciting as ever. It's a good shot from a fine POV and the sharpness is admirable.
pajaran (51304) 2013-10-24 23:49
Interesanat tekst o mestu i svetoj reci, sa datim podacima ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Some interest article about the place and sacred river, with the given data ...
Good composition and perspective, nice place and time indicated.
A good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Have a great day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Fis2 (84628) 2013-10-25 2:23
I like light and colors.
Photo has climate.
Have a nice afternoon
Silvio1953 (120686) 2013-10-25 3:16
Ciao Arunava, great view of beautiful city on famous river, good POV, lovely composition, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
snunney (82591) 2013-10-25 4:54
I remember such a view along the Ganges at Varanasi from a trip made to India in 2004. The early morning light is quite sublime and the atmosphere verging on the surreal. A well composed image with excellent light and colours and wonderful depth. Thanks for sharing.
subhendu_bagchi (25599) 2013-10-25 7:18
hello, it seems to me a bit under exposed. Though the subject is nice. Nice long perspective. Great POV chosen to show this nice view. Tfs.
Noel_Byrne (23326) 2013-10-25 8:38
I must say I am really enjoying this series, this looks like such a beautiful place. This shot is a perfect compliment to the series as we get such a great idea to the scale of this place and how busy and filed with life this mighty river is. This is one those shots that I would happily sit and study for a long time.
thanks as always
emka (77500) 2013-10-25 23:35
Hi Arunave, fascinating view of all these ghats, it seems the town sleeps still, only some activities are visible but not yet the holy dip in Ganges. You found excellent POV.
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-13
- Categories: Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Olympus E-500
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Banaras or Varanasi - the Eternal City [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-24 12:00