Hotel Siddhartha

D. 58/9 A, Sigra, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221010, India
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Ganga Mohotsav

by orchid1949

What is this festival ? Interesting ? When is it for this year ? I will go to Varanasi next week and would like to be part of this festival. Will it be dangerous and very crowded ?

Re: Ganga Mohotsav

by Donna_in_India

This year it's 9-13 November. Although I haven't been, it is supposed to be one of the most spectacular festivals. Yes, it will be crowded as thousands of Hindus will come to the water's edge to dip themselves and float their oil lamp. Shouldn't be dangerous - usual normal precautions and watch your belongings. Google for more detailed info. Happy Travels!

Re: Ganga Mohotsav

by lynnehamman

Hi - I have been to Varanasi- its a lovely old city. There are always crowds, but well behaved.If you would like any more info about Varanasi, e mail me or see my Varanasi page.

Re: Ganga Mohotsav

by suru

Ganga Mahotsav is a five day event celebrated on Dev Deepavali or the full moon day in the Hindu month of Kartik.This year the full moon day of Kartik falls on 13thNov. The banks of the river Ganga are lit with earthen lamps or diyas amidst chanting of Vedic hymns. The ghats of Ganga wear a mystic look as hundreds of people walk to take bathe in the wee hours of the holy day. Men and women take a holy dip in the river while chanting mantras and bowing to the sun-God. There will be some cultural programmes of classical music and indian dance.

It would be surely crowded but not dangerous. Also i dont know what you mean by dangerous. Follow normal precautions when there is a crowd.

Even otherwise, every evening around 6:30 there is a prayer to Ganges called "harathi" or "Arthi" that lasts for about 45mnts.This event is also very impressive.

have a nice trip.

Re: Ganga Mohotsav

by orchid1949

Thank you for all replies.I am looking forward to my pleasant stay in Varanasi during the festival.

Travel Tips for Varanasi

Buff or Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis )

by Hmmmm

I love these animals. There is something about them. And they are an anomoly in India. Anyone who has been to India will see Cows everywhere. EVERYWHERE. They are never eaten, or utilised. In fact cows have a religious significance in India. India's dairy and meat needs thus fall on the Bufala (buff).

There are still wild Indian buffaloes roaming untamed mostly in the forests of Madhya Pradesh and Assam. These wild free living buffaloes are known as "Arni". However, there are also 18 domesticated Riverine Water Buffalo breeds in India and Pakistan.

However raising Bufala. Is not easy. Especially these days with Riverrine pollution rendering many wallowing Bufala sterile. many Bufala coes must then be sired by the Arni (Wild water buffalo) who are a low yeilding bunch of so and sos. Also high yields cost money, and so often poor and marginal Bufala farmers lack motivation for more milk production, because of the high feed costs.

For most Indians, Bufala triple purpose animals: work, milk and meat. Meat is considered a by-product after fully utilizing the buffalo for work (paddy cultivation or draft) and incidentally for milk (2-3 liters/day). The upshot of this is low milk yields, low butterfat (So not much cheese) and very very tough meat. However I did see somewhere Mozzarella di Bufala cheese advertised. Very Interesting.

Anyway, the picture below is of a Bufala wading in the VERY polluted Ganges. But he doesn't seem to care. Isn't he just the coolest.

Meat sellers

by l_joo

I was told this is a Moslem street, so if not mistaken, what on sale could be beef or mutton? This was guided by a hotel boy to bring us to see the so called Moslem's silk making factories, later had to buy some, no escape.

Street scene (aerial view)

by l_joo

Here you can look at the road of Varanasi, this road is not the small ghat alleys, this one is the big main road. It was this road along the ghats, in each of the small alleys, you can walk in to search for the river, but be careful, not easy and sometimes you will not find the way.


by keeweechic

The best time to visit Varanasi is between October and March if you want to witness some of the major festivals in the city.

Kartik Purnima is held during November and December and is one of the most liveliest festivals. Known as the festival of lights, the Ghats are crowded and ablaze with bright lights with pilgrims wanting to honour their dead.

Another festival is the Ganga Festival which is held in October or November. Hindus visit the river to pay homage to the river Ganges and believe that bathing in the river at this time will give them salvation and free them from rebirth.


by illumina

I was in two minds as to whether to put this tip in the warning/danger category, as it can be a bit of a hazard to navigate around! Groups of boys and young men regularly play lengthy games of cricket on the ghats, particularly on a slightly more level area between Dasaswamedh and Manikarnika Ghats.


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