overcrowded river boat (india)

Hindu pilgrims on overloaded river boat on the Ganges river, in Varanasi (India).­

Most Indian people cannot swim, so if a boat like this were to capsize or sink, it would kill many people (as there are no life-vests on those small river boats, of course).­

Those boats are used for ferrying the Hindu pilgrims to a beach across the Ganges river, where they can take the Holy bath in cleaner water.­

For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi.

crowd crowded ganga river ganges river men overcrowded overloaded river boat sailing varanasi water

Photos taken in the Hindu Holy city of Varanasi - also know as Benares (India).­

For more info about Varanasi, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Varanasi

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­