Northern India, 12-29 October 2007
Dawn in Varanasi
Dawn over the Ganga
That's a toothbrush lying next to him. Most Indians clean their teeth with a stick.
As the day arrives, the beggars are already at their posts at Assi Ghat.
A flower seller. Business must be slow.
At 6:10, it's getting brighter.
It looks like it feels good.
Now (6:46) it's getting higher.
At 6:16, the color is richer.
Muslims seem to enjoy the beginning of the day, too; perhaps a mark of Varanasi's religious mix, where a Muslim can also venerate a Hindu god.
At 6:29, a worshipper offers a libation to the holy river.
A real lotus position
The evening before, at 17:30, the moon "swims like a silver boat" over the Ganga, as seen from Meer Ghat.
These ladies were sitting in a circle and singing.
Another day, this time at Assi Ghat, the moon floats in the western sky at 5:45.
Flower sellers at Assi Ghat at 6:44.
At 6:06, the sun appears.
Boats waiting for customers
In another, more Wagnerian, context this would be "Heil dir, Sonne.".
Goats eat anything.
The 6:44 sun seen from Assi Ghat
Fishermen and net
A gleam in the sky at 6:05, still seen from Meer Ghat
At 6:23, boats are out.
Varanasi - the Ghats
Himalayan Zoological Park