varanasi sunrise

On The Road : Day #6 | Varanasi Sunrise and a cool community living

How can one miss the gorgeous golden or organgish sunrises of Varanasi while staying there?!!

If you are looking for an answer from me, the answer is “by oversleeping”!

That would have been the case, if I had really overslept. But somehow minutes before the complete rise of the sun, I woke and got ready and found the boat guy for the morning ride. But then he was sleeping too. But in India, there is a way around for everything! A young boy was sent as an alternative.

varanasi sunrise view
Varanasi sunrise view

You can see, I missed the ball getting off the ground by a few minutes. But it was still beautiful and gorgeous.

The more interesting things were actually happening on the opposite side, the side which was made brighter by the golden sun rays. The ghats! They were very active early in the morning itself, with a myriad of activities.

varanasi active morning
Varanasi active morning

People were ready to take a dip in the holy Ganges. Some people were having certain lessons on the ghats. Some were practicing their pranayama and other way to get some air into their lungs and brains.

Varanasi pranayama
Varanasi pranayama

The tourists were also active on the scene, just like me. Going all around in the boats, taking pictures and trying to understand the culture of Varanasi.

Varanasi tourists
Varanasi tourists

The boats were adorning the Ganges which was glittering in the golden rays of morning sun.

Varanasi morning boats
Varanasi morning boats

The ghats had come to its full glory by then. People were already everywhere on the ghats.

Varanasi morning boats
Varanasi morning boats

Some of them where bathing, chatting, taking a dip, taking a deep breath and so on. More pictures from Varanasi daily life can be found here.

Varanasi socialising
Varanasi socialising

Apart from taking a holy dip; teaching and learning how to swim from this holy river was also quite common here!

Varanasi Swimming
Varanasi Swimming

But an uncommon view would be that of the people who work in the burial ghats. People were active there even in the morning itself.

Varanasi cremation ghats
Varanasi cremation ghats

After a couple of hours of floating around in the Ganges, the boat ride came to an end, so was a beautiful morning in Varanasi.

Varanasi morning boat ride
Varanasi morning boat ride

Rest of the day was less eventful. It mainly involved walking around in the nearby market under the scorching heat till the time of the check out from the hotel. After checking out, I slowly made my way to the place I was going to stay for the night. It was a bit away from the Varanasi ghats but still around Varanasi area.

Ganges  Nirvana

I was going to stay in a place where the owner of the place has built a community around his home. And the owner is just 26 and he is a social entrepreneur now.

The idea of this place is interesting. He bought a house in the outskirts of Varanasi, away from the hustle and bustle and started to live there. He opened the doors to his home to other travelers too. They came, they stayed and they volunteered to make his home a better place. They left their art, their skills and maybe a part of their heart behind. Slowly the place was evolving to be a community living space.

One can call it a social hostel. Of course there are dormitories to make you feel that it is a hostel. There are rooms as well. Staying there is quite economical option for a budget traveller. The positive energy of the community add charm to the stay.

I was there for only one night and I could only enjoy the art left behind by the people who were stayed there for some time.

Anyway it was only 200 INR for a night stay for me and I was happy. Also the train station was around 10 minutes walk, with my heavy backpack. And it was the starting station for my next journey. So everything worked out well for me. It was a good stay there for me in all that aspects.

Next stop was at Patna. My first time in Bihar! I was pretty sure that its going to be very interesting. But till then what are your thoughts on Varanasi?


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Trablogger aka Jithin is an Indian travel blogger who is obsessed with leading a travel life. When he is not traveling, photographing, writing or blogging, you can see him thinking about sustaining this travel life or helping someone to travel more.

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Vishal Bheeroo
Vishal Bheeroo

Gorgeous Varanasi and one place I am dying to go will also show mom around since she is very religious. The pictures are so vivid and powerful giving a feeling of being there. What vibration!

Irene Waters

I enjoyed seeing life on the Ganges. I doubt I’ll ever see it in person.

Mary (cactusdreams)

Love the photographs. You can feel the business of the Ganges riverside. All the people and activity. The sunrise is wonderful but I prefer the last river photo, the lone boat in the shimmering light.


Oh my goodness!! It’s been so long since our paths have crossed. This post had me riveted. A completely foreign world you have unveiled for those of us who will not ever see in person this part of the world. Amazing post!! Thank you so much!


I so badly want to go to Varanasi after having read so much about it. Will come back to your blog and read the other travel stories. I am smitten by travel too! In fact writing my travel memories was the reason I started my blog.

Lignum Draco

Lovely photos and some amazing scenes. Next time, try harder to get up early for that light. 🙂


I’ve been to Varanasi for more than 10 times with my family, but I think I should explore it on my own.
Beautifully written and photographed!:)

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