Ganga Arti

A Photo Journey Through Varanasi

Ancient City, Ancient City, India, Uttar Pradesh Tourism By Feb 21, 2023 5 Comments

Kashi, the ultimate place to attain Moksha – liberation from the cycle of rebirth, the divine destination for salvation. This ancient city has been the silent observer of the happiness and sorrow of its residents for ages. Countless such stories are probably etched on the walls of these old buildings, on the stones of the narrow lanes and on the stairs of the Ghats. The Ghats stood as the visual testimonial of affluents while the Ganges, without any discrimination, washed away every sin and every associated story. In this way, time and the river flowed by and the city matured into what it stands today with newness engulfed in the tight embrace of the powerful old arms. Footlooseinme presents this story through Varanasi photos. Varanasi Photos

Banaras is unique in its way – unkempt yet holy, crowded yet still, murky yet vibrant, sultry yet pleasant, devout yet sceptic and plain yet appealing. These contrasting qualities make Varanasi a one-of-a-kind destination for many. While most people travel here for religious purposes and some do for their eternal journey.

Varanasi Photos

There are various ashrams that operate even to this day being homes to several elderly who are awaiting death and subsequent cremation by the Ganges to achieve Moksha. Though I would not cover this remorse part of life in my story and rather focus on the lively part of life here in Varanasi. 

Varanasi Photos

On my recent visit to the city, I focused mainly on food while the Ghats and the Galiyans (lanes), being an integral part came along with it. On our brief visit to Varanasi, we explored food and definitely the Ghats on the boat and the Galiyans to reach from one place to another. 

Varanasi Photos

My story today will be through my pictures. Read about my previous visit to Varanasi.

Varanasi Photos

On my every visit to Varanasi, I watch this well-synchronised musical Ganga Aarti programme in the Dashaswamedh Ghat. 

Sunrise from the boat Varanasi Photos

Sunrise from the boat

I also don’t miss the early morning boating.

Early morning bhajan at Assi Ghat Varanasi Photos

Early morning bhajan at Assi Ghat

Morning Ganga Arti at Assi ghat Varanasi Photos

Morning Ganga Arti at Assi ghat

The performers have different dress codes for every ghat.

Ganesh Ghat Varanasi Photos

Ganesh Ghat

Bhonsale Ghat Varanasi Photos

Bhonsale Ghat

The Dashaswamedh Ghat was built by Peshwa Baji Rao. The other two ghats in the picture above also were built by the rulers of Maharashtra. Being from Pune these ghats definitely grabbed more of my attention a bit more than the others.

The slanting Ratneshwar Mahadev temple Varanasi Photos

The slanting Ratneshwar Mahadev temple

The renovated Kashi Vishwanath Ghat Varanasi Photos

The renovated Kashi Vishwanath Ghat

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been recently renovated and so was its adjoining ghat. 

Now coming to some food experience in Varanasi. We walked through the maze of lanes to reach the Blue Lassi Shop to have its much-hyped Lassi.

We also had lunch at Bati Chokha, known for its Litti-Chokha and Kachori thalis. To me, it is more of an acquired taste but the village-themed restaurant and its ambience are worth a mention.  We also watched the ladies preparing the gram flour in hand mills. My Varanasi photos show them all.

Banarasi Paan

Banarasi Paan

Banarasi Paan

Banarasi Paan

When in Banaras what can be better after-meal than a Banarasi Pan? So did we.

The morning scene at the Ram Bhandar, buzzing with customers

The morning scene at the Ram Bhandar, buzzing with customers

The Kachori-sabji of Ram Bhandar

The Kachori-sabji of Ram Bhandar

Our very short trip did not give us the time to have the famous chats as we were already full. But we did not miss the famous Kachori and Jalebi in the morning from the Ram Bhandar. My Varanasi Photos won’t do justice to the divine taste. 🙂

The Ghat, that unifies all Varanasi Photos

The Ghat, which unifies all

We could not explore more of the food that we had on our list due to lack of time. Banaras is also famous for its sweet, juicy, delicious mangoes in the summer and Makhan Malaiyo (a dessert) in the winter.  

Ghat life Varanasi Photos

Ghat life

Here are some more Varanasi Photos of the Ghat life.

Straight from the Akhara? Varanasi Photos

Straight from the Akhara?

Some exercise to begin the day

Some exercise to begin the day

Read more about the Ghats of Varanasi.

Read more about the lanes of Varanasi.

Read more about Ganga Aarti.


  1. Rohan Bhagwat says:

    Great Sharmista

    1. Thank you Rohan!

  2. arv! says:

    Beautiful pictures especially the night pictures of Aarti. Just curious, what equipment do you use for photography.

    1. Thank you very much Arv. I am so glad you liked them. I use my humble Nikon D7200 with variable lens depending upon the distance.

      1. arv! says:

        That’s a proven model.

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