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The Ganges River – the Holy Object for Hindus

11 June 2012no comments Natural Wonders

The holy river - The Ganges RiverIt’s no secret that India is abundant in a great many of tourist spots that appeal to anyone who is really into travelling. Admittedly, I have itchy feet as well. A couple of months ago I got an opportunity to go to the Ganges. I guess it can justly be called one of the symbols of the country. The Ganges is in the number of the holiest objects for the followers of Hinduism. Routine needs of those living near the river are met thanks to it as well. For Hindis, the river personifies the goddess Ganga. Moreover, it also has a historical value, since a number of provincial capitals have been based there.

The banks of the Ganges RiverIt’s a common knowledge for any traveler that the city of Varanasi is not only one of the oldest cities in the worlds, but it’s also an object of pilgrimage for Hinduism followers. However, the main reason why people go there is the Ganges river. As soon as I found myself in the city of Varanasi, I understood that it reveals the best and the worst of today’s India. It lies on the banks of the Ganges river. It is also known as the city of lights. Many outstanding people have come from this place. It’s believed that gods themselves blessed the city. Hindus often name it the religious capitol of the country. Which is why, many temples are located there.

A man praying in the Ganges River, which is extremely dirtyThe first thing people coming to the city observe is immense poverty. None the less interesting aspect of the city is that its streets appear to represent various people, animals and cars heading for different directions. In fact, the first day I came there, it seemed to me an entire chaos. Though, after a while I got accustomed to that atmosphere and surprisingly enough felt myself like at home. Moreover, as a thrill seeker, I found it absolutely amazing to try myself at river rafting that turned out to be adventurous river expeditions.

The most appropriate time for a trip to the Ganges is from February to April and from September to December. The surroundings of the river are picturesque and scenic. In spite of the fact that the river is numbered among the most polluted ones, it is none the less popular among the tourists from all over the world. Wildlife lovers will also find something interesting for themselves, since many different wildlife species can be observed in this region of the country.

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