Named for its location between the Varuna and Assi Rivers, the Varanasi Region is one of the most holy destinations for many who follow traditional religions.
The famous Ganges River also winds though the region. Pilgrims from all over India and the world come to see what is considered India’s most sacred site. This area is usually extremely crowded, especially during religious festivals.
Although there are several rivers in the Varanasi Region, water shortage is a real threat due to polluted sources and low rainfall.
Worshipers and tourists alike visit the Varanasi Region in order to bathe in the Ganges River.
A Varanasi farmer poses for a photo with his livestock in the background.
A traditional wedding procession winds its way through the streets of this small town in the Varanasi Region.