Friday Lens Affairs 173

Varanasi Sunset, India

This Friday I’m featuring a superb Varanasi sunset shot taken by Vicky Carter from vickeblueyes Blog.

I spotted this lovely sunset at Vicky page and I knew there is some story behind it.

Vicky lives by her bucket list She is an adventurer and a secret hippy trapped in a city girl’s body. She is passionate about travel, music, and the creative arts. You should check out her Instagram and Twitter.

Photo Story: Varanasi Sunset, India

Varanasi is one of my favourite places in India. It’s a chaotic jumble of sights, sounds, smells and colours, which is irreplaceable. Stepping into this vibrant labyrinth of overflowing shops, hidden rooftop restaurants and overpowering ghats, one immediately loses a sense of where the maze ends and where it begins.

The dynamics of the place are a metaphor for the real attraction-why so many visitors flock to this destination every year- the endless cycle of life and death, the sacrifice and sanctity that this city offers.

The best way to see Varanasi is by boat, and every boatman along the Ganges will no doubt tell you that. Walking past friendly stray dogs that quietly padded behind us, we scrambled into a rickety boat, whilst our tired limbs and sleepy eyelids began to accustom to the fresh morning air. Dawn began to break on the horizon and we managed to catch a glimpse of early morning proceedings.

The sun began to explode onto the horizon, painting a mix of bright pink, vibrant purple and deep red around us, reflecting onto the shimmering surface of the Ganges. Floating past women pounding colourful wet fabrics onto hard rock, large laughing families bathing in the holy water and shopkeepers opening up for custom.

As we sipped our sweet masala chai and watched the flames curl and burn on funeral pyres, we sat in silence. Contemplating life and death ourselves.

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