Tuesday 9 Feb 2016
Reading the newspaper this morning I realized I made an underestimation. February 8, yesterday, was a very auspicious day to bathe in the Ganges and for that reason the number of people there was larger than normal. I said close to a million. The official estimates say it was 1.2 crore. That turns out to equate to 12 MILLION! No wonder it was a little overwhelming and we didn't actually make it to the river.
We found ourselves down there again today but although there was still about a million people it seemed much tamer, except for the constant barrage of urchins clawing at us for a few rupees. Great place for photography though. What makes the place special is that it is the juncture of three holy rivers - the Yamuna, the Ganges, and one underground river I cannot attempt to name. Many pilgrims go out in boats with water jugs to fill up with holy water to bring home. It was tough on the sand spit as there was no shade to speak of. To leave the area we had to traverse through the temporary tent city - a bit of a maze.
Unforgettable experience but I think we've had enough crowds for a lifetime....
Boats available for going out on the river:
Some of the bathers:
Don getting pics of some of the kids dressed as gods/goddesses. They got a kick out of seeing themselves on the camera screen: