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This is one in a series of images taken during a dawn boat ride on the Ganges at Varanasi during a trip to India in February 2004.

Varanasi is one of the oldest and holiest cities in India and home to the most famous ghats in the country. The ghats, or ceremonial stairs, line the west bank of Ganges river running through the city. While some of the ghats are new, many are hundreds of years old.

Worshippers flock to these ghats every day to bathe in the holy River Ganges and then worship at the many temples lining the riverbank. Huge crowds of pilgrims gather to take part in this ancient ritual which involves making offerings (puja) to the rising sun. This ritual which takes place on a daily basis is watched by tourists who come in their thousands from all over the world to see and photograph this incredible sight.

Further information is available from Wikipedia, Varanasi online and a number of other web sites.

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