Weekly Travel Photo / by Vasiliki Papadopoulos

This photo was taken in Varanasi, India on the Ganges in 2011 - the holiest river to Hindus. It is also a way of life for the millions of Indians who depend on it daily as a place of worship, chores and means of transit. There is a beautiful tranquility to the area, given the traffic of people and activity.  At any moment, it is quite easy to find a place and quietly reflect. 

The mother and her son in the photo stopped to pose as I made my way down the river. You can see the joyful look of the son, with a slightly more pensive look made by the mother.