overcrowded boat on the ganges river - hindu pilgrims (varanasi)

Overcrowded river boat on the Ganges river (Varanasi).­

Hindu pilgrims take small boats like this one to cross the Ganges river and reach the beach on the other bank, to do the holy bath (also called holy dip).­

Most of them cannot swim and there are no life jackets on those small boats, so if the boat were to capsize, many would die.­

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

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25/21,22, Sonarpura Road, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

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.­

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