India

Varanasi and the Ganges River ( India )

El país de Shiva y de los colores


This sacred city, bathed in the River Ganges, It is a gold mine for photography lovers.


El país de Shiva y de los colores


The river, Although it has some of the highest levels of bacterial life and animal waste it means life for its citizens, that infants already have contact with waters. From small they are immunized to bacteria that carry their waters. Is I stirred the stomach to see them swallow waters at all times and bringing it home in small containers. There are rituals of sanitation and purification on the banks of the Ganges at all hours, above all near the Gaths, crematoria officers.

El país de Shiva y de los colores


Some of the crematory burned corpses at all hours, day and night, but the ritual has remained the same in all of them. Depending on the money that the family of the deceased can buy one type of wood or other. If they don't have money they can throw them directly into the river, It is usual to witness any rough scene, like birds eating the corpses floating on the surface.

 

El país de Shiva y de los colores


Also depends on the money that tourists may portray or videotape the ceremony of the body by burning in the Gath. In theory photographs or video of the ceremony may not be taken, any adult, child, Elder,… you see take a picture of the place will be asked to money, and surely discutireis long and hard about the opportunism of the citizens to ask for money from tourists for any reason. This is my point seen: Respect the sacred places and not taking pictures, unless you ask for money, I do not understand how money can solve imaging in a sacred ritual. I think it is an excuse to borrow money.

 

El país de Shiva y de los colores


My experience and that of the tourists I met on the trip coincide in many respects. There are many Hustler in the India and do not hesitate to cheat tourists for extra money, causing them to be very persistent. This happens continuously and just running out to the traveller, for example when I travelled by bus from Calcutta to Venares they made travel all the tourists at the entrance of the city, on the outskirts, telling them that it was the last stop. Of course, on the outside, they were waiting for the friendly taxi drivers, he gladly offered to bring us to the center of the city at an exorbitant price. In these cases I advise you arm of patience and good humor, everything is just solving.

 

El país de Shiva y de los colores


This region of the India, together with the Rajasthan is an India of hippies and HUSTLER. Tourists who come to meet oneself, follow the Hindu doctrines or simply lead a Bohemian lifestyle, totally dedicated to the love and peace.

 

El país de Shiva y de los colores


I recommend staying in the old town, where are the Ghats. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful and can see all of the rituals that happen there. Enjoy Venares, you never forget this exciting city !. You can see all the images to full screen in the section of Photographs.