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

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



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Taken on August 12, 2010