In November I plan to co-lead a photographic trip to India. One of the cities we’ll be visiting is Varanasi. On this portion of the trip we’ll delve into a cultural documentary style. What follows are photographs made last year during a few days in Varanasi.
These first two photographs were made during the evening as the town began to wind down from the day.
The next images show a young woman who studies at Benares Hindu University making an offering to a god at Assi Ghat, near the Ganges River.
The next several photos were made while taking in daily life along the ghats. The ghats are broad steps that lead down to the Ganges River. Due to the Deepavali Festival that was happening at the time there were more pilgrims than on a normal day.
Deepavali is a Hindu festival. During this time rows of lights/lamps are lit. The festival is celebrated on the occasion of Krishna and his wife Satyambhama killing the demon Narakasura.
The Ram Lila, which re-enacts the Hindu epic the Ramayana, is typically presented over a 10 day period in the fall.
Interested in joining us this November in India? November is an excellent month to visit as the weather is becoming cooler and drier. We’ll be there during Diwali, which represents the Hindu New Year. Candles are lit and fireworks abound. We can certainly promise to present you with some amazing photographic opportunities. For more information write me at firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow @nomadruss