Sidelines at the River Ganga
Photo and caption by Aalap Shah
The Ganges River, personified as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism, is a lifeline for hundreds of millions of people throughout India each year. Despite notoriety for pollution, the eastern banks of the Ganges Basin provide fertile soil to cultivate crops such as rice and sugarcane. During the monsoon season, as much as 300 meters of the eastern bank will be submerged in water, dramatically changing the landscape. On the river Ganges in Varanasi in November, two tourists enjoy a boat ride just after sunrise, with the view of India's natives in routine on the eastern banks in the background.
Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India