The Ghats at Varanasi in India.
Visiting Varanasi Ghats alongside the River Ganges from Asi Ghat to Malaviya Bridge - Varanasi City, India. A Ghat is simply a series of steps which lead down to a holy river - in the case of Varanasi there are some 100 of these ghats which lead down to the Ganga River. The Ganga River or (River Ganges) is considered by Hindus to be the most sacred river and in Hinduism is worshipped as being the Goddess Ganga. The ghats alongside the Ganga River at Varanasi are a remarkable site and generally speaking they can be walked from end to end without any problem. The majority of these ghats are really quiet most of the time
as they are rarely used apart from ceremonies so probably the only other visitors around will be
foreign tourists and almost certainly quite a few cows.
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Asi Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Ganga Mahal Ghat.
Chet Singh Ghat.
Karnataka State Ghat.
You can easily walk along most of the Ghats however the Burning Ghat (Manikarnika Ghat) - which is used for Hindu cremations - is often tremendously busy and it can be a little awkward to go through it. Watch out for touts here who will offer for apparently just a few rupees to take you up to a higher building adjacent to this Ghat for a better view. You will get a much better view but this should not be done on your own or if you are sort of
easily co-erced. Once up at where you can view the ghat probably within a minute or so several other touts might well appear and start demanding much more money. There is no need to give in to this but it can be a bit disconcerting - if such a thing happens the threat of reporting them to the Indian Police should work - touts are very wary of India's policemen.
Scindia Ghat and Temple
Ganga Mahal Ghat
A Varanasi Ghat
Ganges boat trip
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