OMG! What should I tell about this place! It is the balance of life, of birth and death, of happiness and sorrows, all at one place. People pray at the same Ghaats where dead is burned. This city of India celebrates Life at its best.
So I visited this place for a close friends wedding. And trust me when I say this, it was a Big Fat Indian Wedding. Staying at The Surya Palace Hotel, most of the functions were in the same hotel. An Indian wedding begins with Ganesha Pooja and Haldi (turmeric paste) is applied to a bride for cleansing her skin. Then Mehendi is applied in hands and legs to keep her body cool. In the evening, the family and friends enjoy dancing together in Sangeet. The final ceremony is the wedding and Bidaai of the bride. (Pictures attached)
The Surya Palace
Sunrise at Assi Ghaat
Early morning at 5:30 am, we started our journey to Assi ghaat. Known for its morning aarti near river Ganga, it is also famous for Yoga sessions in the morning. When we reached the aarti had just started and it was so serene to listen to those Sanskrit shlokas in complete silence. You can see for yourself in the pictures.
Sunset Aarti at Ganga Ghaat
Completely opposite to the mornings are the evenings in Varanasi ghaats. The place is really crowded with people who come from across the world to see the evening aarti, the noise of music played, the chanting of shlokas and the hustle of the markets.
All in all, you must visit Varanasi once in your lifetime. Other places that we visited were Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir, Kashi Vishwanath temple, Tulsi Temple and local markets to buy Banarasi sarees, dupattas and dresses.