LIVE FROM VARANASI!!
Here we are at one of the many walk-thru public laundries that periodically pop-up at Varanasi's famous ghats. This one, In Lali Ghat sees the dhobiwallahs (washermen/women) washing the laundry from the hospital, beating the fabric on large flat stones and leaving out to dry across any available surface. The ghat was built in 1778 by the Raja of Banaras.
Despite these apparent disadvantages to a thorough washing cycle I put my own garments to the dhobiwallah test and they came back beautifully clean and pristinely folded and as good as new. Not only that, they have been washed in the divine River Ganges - and you can't get more purifying than that!
For a panoramic view of the ghat, click here