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Bootlegging on the banks of the Ganges ... could also be a flag

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The Lonely Planet says, "Few places in India are as colourful, charismatic or spiritual as the bathing ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi ... a walk along the ghats or a boat ride on the river is one of India’s most absorbing experiences." This shot was taken from a boat across the Ghats.

Varanasi (Sanskrit: वाराणसी Vārāṇasī, also commonly known as Benares or Banaras (Hindi: बनारस, Urdu: بنارس, Banāras) is a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, regarded as holy by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest of India. Mark Twain wrote: "Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together."

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Varanasi, India
2010

| Arjun Purkayastha • travel & fine art photography • | Facebook page |

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  1. Nils Werner 54 months ago | reply

    Fantastic photo! Love the repetiveness of the steps, makes for a great desktop background ;)

  2. Bob Duck 54 months ago | reply

    Terrific capture.

  3. Luke-rative 54 months ago | reply

    Great find and capture

  4. said tetik [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    very nice

  5. Gail Johnson 53 months ago | reply

    great capture

  6. chany14 52 months ago | reply

    very beautiful image. well done.

  7. Sudeep Lahiri 51 months ago | reply

    Love this composition!

  8. Benjamin Lehman 50 months ago | reply

    This is amazing

  9. Pale Innocence [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

    This is really amazing!

  10. with Asmita 44 months ago | reply

    amazing photo stream !!!

  11. Coyolicatzin 44 months ago | reply

    Perfectos los colores.

  12. albireo 2006 44 months ago | reply

    amazing composition

  13. cuzuco 44 months ago | reply

    A flag indeed. Great picture Arjun!

  14. martinbraunphotography.com 42 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture,well done.
    I really like this shot!Excellent work!!
    Thank's for sharing with us!

    www.martinbraunphotography.com

  15. Jessie Reeder 34 months ago | reply

    You take wonderful travel photos. Very glad to have discovered your stream. ~A fellow traveler.

  16. StephAnna :-) 7 months ago | reply

    As one of the admins for Flickr’s 100 Best, I'd like to invite this superlative image to join the fun and compete for a place in our group pool. Please read the group’s rules and submit your photograph to challenge one of our Best100. Good luck with your challenge!

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