07th April 2016, New Delhi
Varanasi is considered to be heaven for photo enthusiastic and a place to capture the true essence of Indian culture and beliefs. I myself have seen so many pictures of this place, of its ghats,streets,sadhus, to aarti to temples. But one thing i hardly find are the pictures of the Sunrise.
During my trip i was fortunate enough to witness it. It was one of the most beautiful Sunrise i've ever seen. The best part of it is that you are not alone to witness it. The city is so lively even before the Sunrise. I've not seen any other city that is so lively, so early in the morning. People come to the ghats for the aarti (worship) , to share thoughts, to talk, to read, for a walk and even yoga. By the time the Sun appears around the horizon, against the mighty Ganges, you will feel half a day is over. And then the Sun will reminds you that its still early morning. That's the beauty of the place.
I know many people misses the morning aarti for the evening one. But my strong recommendation is to go early morning. You will be blessed. Take a boat ride and feel the calm water of the river Ganges, the cool breeze touching your face and then listen to the morning chats. Totally refreshing!
While still on the boat watch the Sun rising above the horizon on one side and see how it brings everything to life on the other side. Everything looks so peaceful at that moments that you will long for more.
ASI GHAT, VARANASI, UP, INDIA | MAR 2016
P.S: One more recommendation is to take a manual boat rather than a boat operated by machine. You can enjoy the moment more with the slow pace of the boast along the river. Plan for some longs hours - at least 3-4 hours to spend on the ghats and the boat together.