Evening boat ride on the Ganges
Floating lamps in the Ganges in the evening
The famous Ganges worship watched by foreign tourists from a special viewing gallery.
Pontoon Bridge across the Ganges towards Ramnagar.
The most important cremation ground for Hindus in India, Manikarnika Ghat.
Durga idols prepared for Durga Puja in Bengali tola.
Boys fly kites on Dasaswamedh Ghat.
Gods, instead of filmstars, adorn the walls of a salon.
The ubiquitous Bull of Varanasi.
Families, mostly Bengali, flock at the Dasaswamedh Ghat during sunset.
The river, worshipped with its own waters.
Boats await passengers for an early morning excursion on the Ganges.
Hindus of all shapes, sizes and gender offer prayers and ablution with the first rays of the sun. This scene is from Kedar Ghat.
Bodies are prepared for funeral at the Manikarnika Ghat. Boats laden with crematory wood is docked on the Ganges.
Dozens of temples rise up from the partly submerged Scindia Ghat built by the Scindias.
A street scene from the labyrinth of lanes around the ghats in the old city.
An evening game of chess gets a fair audience.
Varanasi's most famous cuisine, the ubiquitous Paan, chewed by almost everyone.
Buffaloes get a move-on from their chappal wielding herder.