Travel Photos of Dawn in Varanasi

We’re on a wooden boat being rowed down the Ganges, to the low hum of chanting through a distant speaker. The soft dawn light falls on a row of bathers who have descended down the ghat steps to stand waist high in the holy water. The river is dotted with boats coming to and fro – some large and many filled with tourists – but I only hear the rustle and splash of bathers as we go past. One boat is sailing by with a TV balanced on its bow, transmitting Hindu chants through the still morning air. They float gently past my ears: Ganga Shivai-ya, Ganga Shivai-ya…

From Dawn on the Ganges, by Claire

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