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Photo Friday: Candles, flowers and wishes

May 13, 2011

Two boatmen prepare candles and flowers for wishes on the Ganges in Varanasi, India

In one of my most favouritest travel photos ever these two boatmen prepare offerings of flowers, candles and woven baskets.

It’s early evening on the Ganges in Varanasi, India. The offerings are being prepared so that they can be lowered into the river, creating a floating path of light.

Each offering represents a wish or good karma for a family member, friend or yourself.

I’ve taken boat trips onto the Ganges several times throughout my travels and it’s something I never get tired of.

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  • Reply Jaime May 14, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Oh wow great shot. That is interesting what they do. I will be there in India soon will be awesome to see this for myself.

    • Reply MeganRTW May 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks Jamie! You’ll have an amazing time in India (once the initial shock wears off, of course!). I love it there, Varanasi especially.

  • Reply flip May 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    varanasi is a very special place for me… i also lit a candle and said my wishes… hoping to go back to india this year…

    • Reply MeganRTW May 15, 2011 at 9:01 am

      I hope you get to go back to India. I love it there!

  • Reply T-roy May 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Nice!! I’m hear now and still haven’t taken a boat ride. I’m kind of finding Varanasi a little boring though. There seems to be nothing to do during the day at all. 🙁

    • Reply MeganRTW May 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

      Hey Troy! You’ve got to get out onto the Ganges – it’s definitely worth it 🙂 It must be pretty warm there this time of year? It was really humid when I was there in November and I was staying at a place overlooking the main burning ghat – wiping the grime of human ash off my face every not was NOT a highlight! You should take a trip out to Sarnath if you haven’t already? It’s (I think) where Buddha was enlightened and you can do it in a day.

      • Reply T-roy May 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm

        hell yeah it’s hot right now… it’s been the worse in all of India for some reason but I did finally take a boat ride today. Was nice and got some good shots I think. I’ll go back later tonight for an evening ride. Don’t think I’ll make it over there, Buddha is cool but just don’t have enough time for it all! lol

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