This is the blog of journalist, Lonely Planet author and photographer Stuart Butler. It features news and travel updates from the regions in which Stuart works, including northeast Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan), Yemen and Sri Lanka.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Kumbh Mela

First day in India and on the way to the Kumbh Mela; the worlds largest religious gathering. I flew from Delhi to Varanasi this morning. What a crazy city this is. There are thousands of pilgrims in town at the moment many of whom are on the way to Allahabad and the Kumbh Mela themselves. Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganges river here washes away sins and the riverside ghats were awash in sin releasing colour and noise (a LOT of noise). Not much of a day for photos (jet-lagged and getting things sorted out) but took a boat out onto the river at sunset and got a couple of pictures.
This one, of a couple setting up a campfire, was taken on the opposite side of river from town.

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