I am a photographer traveling to Varanasi in November and hoping to get some portraits of the Sadhus and Aghori. With my November schedule I am not sure if I will be able to make the Ganga Mahotsav festival, and would have to arrive within days of it ending. Would this be a bad time to visit with many Sadhus that made the pilgrimage for the festival leaving Varanasi? or would it be better time to be there with less crowds and a more peaceful setting?
I am also a bit concerned that if I were able to make the festival that the crowds would make it difficult to find accommodation etc without some advanced planning.
any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.