In this fifty-ninth archive story by Kristian Bertel, we meet a waiting woman at the Varanasi Junction in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
India has one of the busiest railway networks in the world that yearly transports 8.1 billion passengers and over 1.1 billion tonnes of freight, operating 8,000 locomotives, 50,000 passenger coaches and 200,000 freight wagons. This passenger portrait of an Indian mother and her child was taken at the Varanasi Junction in India, while she was waiting for the train.
India has one of the busiest railway networks in the world that yearly transports 8.1 billion passengers and over 1.1 billion tonnes of freight, operating 8,000 locomotives, 50,000 passenger coaches and 200,000 freight wagons. This passenger portrait of an Indian mother and her child was taken at the Varanasi Junction in India, while she was waiting for the train.

Varanasi Jn portraiture

Varanasi Junction, popularly known as 'Varanasi Cantt Railway Station' is the rail hub in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station ranks thirty in overall ranking in the country and the railway station handles large number of passengers, with more than 250 trains daily.

How many daily passengers from Varanasi Junction?

Varanasi Railway Junction is commonly known as 'Varanasi Cantt Railway Station' which is one of the highest revenue generating stations in India. This station has rush of more than 1.5 lakh passengers and more than 240 trains passing through it daily. Mughal Sarai Junction is the other major railway station about eight kilometers away from the city.

Railway and trains in India
Some other important railway stations in Varanasi are Sarnath, Bhulanpur, Shivpur, Babatpur and so on.
Indian railways was founded in 1853, is the fourth-largest railway network and the world's eighth-largest employer. India's deadliest rail accidents were the Bihar train disaster, where 500 to 800 people lost their lives. In the Bihar train disaster as mentioned here, a passenger train carrying more than 800 passengers between Mansi or Dhamara Pul and Saharsa, India derailed and plunged into the river Bagmati while it was crossing a bridge. India has the second largest rail network in the world that is also why accidents happen often. That, combined with the fact that 23 million passengers a day ride its rails, help to explain why its trains are so overcrowded that you can often see passengers hanging out the side.

It is a long-standing tradition to take the train in India – the oldest train in the world, built in 1855, also runs on the India rail network between New Delhi and Rajasthan. If you think your commute is bad, or airport lines are giving you the travel blues, just take a look at these insanely crowded trains in India. You might feel a little less claustrophobic. After five days, more than 200 bodies were recovered, with hundreds more missing that were feared washed away by the river. The cause of the accident is uncertain as the accident was not well documented. Nearly all trains in India are operated by the government-run Indian Railways also known as 'IR'.

"This Junction make you available to take a lot of trains here, particularly to eastern India. Manduadih is a rail terminal situated four kilometers far from Varanasi Cantt Station and this station has made for passing the trains of North Eastern Railway"

Indian Railways is the third largest rail network in the world, and the rail system is efficient, if not always on schedule. Tracks running well over 60,000 kilometers help connect about 7500 stations, ferrying nearly 20 million people every day. Although distances in India are long and Indian trains aren't the world's best, traveling in them can add a fascinating new dimension to a visitor's experience, as the photographer experienced. There is virtually no better way to make friends with the local people and see the spectacular and diverse Indian countryside. On many routes the railways are the fastest and cheapest way to get around. One of the luxurious ways to explore the most prominent tourist destinations and attractions in India is to opt for luxury train travel. The history of luxury train traveling in India dates back to the days of erstwhile maharajas who used to travel in opulent personal carriages for purpose of state visits, hunting and personal occasions. In the beginning of the eightees, 'Palace on Wheels' began its train journeys in collaboration with Indian Railways to revive the art of elegant traveling in India. It was launched to promote tourism in Rajasthan and cater exclusively to the overseas traveler and offer them a hassle free, all-inclusive and opulent option of traveling to the royal destinations in Rajasthan and it is still the most revered luxury train in India.

Sadness in the photograph
As a traveler the photographer is often seen and noticing the people around him and the subjects that he wants to photograph in India. It can be in streets or at the train platform, where the photograph above is from. And one of the emotions that he is drawn of in photography is the sadness emotion. Sadness is an emotional pain associated with or characterized by feelings of disadvantage, loss, despair, grief, helplessness, disappointment and sorrow. In India and many other places in the world an individual experiencing sadness may become quiet or lethargic and withdraw themselves from others. For instance a severe sadness is depression and crying can be an indication of sadness. "- People deal with sadness in different ways, and it is an important emotion because it helps to motivate people to deal with their situation. Some coping mechanisms can be getting social support and or spending time with a good friend or engaging in some activity to express sadness. Some individuals, when feeling sad, may exclude themselves from a social setting, so as to take the time to recover from the feeling", the Photographer says.

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More archive stories

India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of a woman in Varanasi. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.