Never in my life have a seen so many people in such a small place. Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims and tourists head to Varanasi to celebrate Dev Diwali, two weeks after Diwali is celebrated elsewhere in India. Most of these photos are taken along the river bank. There were so many people I actually felt quite panicked and had to get out of the crowds sitting at the furthest away point from the Aarti on stage which everyone came for!
Photo 6 - a main road in Varanasi which was completely pedestrianised with the amount of people visiting (this was 2 days before the main day of the festival)
Photo 7 - a group of people carrying out a ceremony (also a few days before)
Photo 8 - The night before the festival and the river banks were full with pilgrims, sleeping out in the cold, ready for the festival the following day @swathirao.k #india #varanasi #devdiwali #riverganga #ganga