Varanasi’s floating Bazaar

A bazaar floating in the river Ganga, seems incredible but this happens in Banaras. With the foreign tourists enjoying an early morning boat ride on their sojourn to the city, the locals leave no chance to lure these phirangs with ethnic products. Displaying chunky jewellery, brass and copper ware, diyas on boats they follow them around even in the middle of the river. Gabriela from Argentina was delighted to see this floating bazaar while she was enjoying a boat ride. Right from beads jewelry to artifacts in brass the young man had it all on his boat.

It is quite a novel way to sell things, she says. While Priscilla Antiono from Italy did not mind checking out from this floating bazaar. Since the boat ride across the wide span of river Ganga takes lot of time so one does not mind bargaining with these sellers. The only thing that offends when they turn persistent, she says. The boatmen feel that it is an easier way to market their goods. Normally, a boat ride is enjoyed by big groups of foreigners, so the message runs across to all of them instantly when one tends to sell products during that time. Otherwise we have to run after them individually, says Rajesh, a boatman.

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