Varanasi unholy air

candles on the Ganges in the sunset, Varanasi, Jan. 9, 2013One of my lasting memories of my trip to Varanasi four years ago is the poor quality of the air, with an almost constant fog over the city, fed by open air fires everywhere and aggressive vehicle exhaust, rather than by the few cremation pyres by the Ganges… I read today in The Guardian that the city actually ranks worst in India for its air quality. (I also read in that article that Gwalior had similar issues, although I remember a pleasant walk around the fort there, in the sun. Presumably on one of the few “good” air quality days.) Not that Paris is doing great in the past days, with a whole week of ineffective driving restrictions that left wood heating operating at full blast. I did not feel the air difference while biking, but I presume the impact of the micro-particles central to those pollution alerts is more long-term!

2 Responses to “Varanasi unholy air”

  1. Dont you think London is filthy ?? How about the air quality in New York ?

    • Frankly, I have no informed opinion, I mostly live in Paris… and part-times in Warwick, where the air is definitely cleaner. Coming home tonight in Paris, I had the impression of arriving just after a forest fire.

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