Photographer's Note

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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