freshwater prawns (india)

Freshwater prawns sold at street market in Gairkata (India)

I believe those are freshwater prawns (i.­e.­ river shrimps).­ There are also a few insects that crawled in the mix, but insects are edible too, so no problem!

If you can identify the exact species, please post a Comment!

I just took a break from my long motorcycle journey and strolled around this lively and colorful street market in a small town called Gairkata, in West Bengal.­

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National Highway 31, East Gairkata, West Bengal 735212, 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.­