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 - beside the River Ganges at Varanasi.
Asi Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Ganga Mahal Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Ganga Mahal Ghat.
Chet Singh Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Chet Singh Ghat.
Mahanirvani Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Mahanirvani Ghat.
Karnataka Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Karnataka State Ghat.
Ahilyabai Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Ahilyabai Ghat
Prayag Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Prayag Ghat
Dasashvamedha Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Dasashvamedha Ghat
Manmandir Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Manmandir Ghat
Lalita Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Lalita Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Manikarnika Ghat
Also known as the Burning Ghat - correct name is Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Manikarnika 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.
Varanasi - Manikarnika Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat
Scindia Ghat and Scindia Temple, Varanasi, India.
Scindia Ghat and Temple
Sankatha Ghat, Varanasi
Sankatha Ghat
Panchaganga Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Panchaganga Ghat
Ganga Mahal Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Ganga Mahal Ghat
Bhonsle Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Bhonsle Ghat
Brahma Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Brahma Ghat
Varanasi (India) - Lal Ghat
Lal Ghat
Mansarowar Ghat, Varanasi, India
Mansarowar Ghat
Sakka Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Sakka Ghat
Rani Ghat, Varanasi, India.
Rani Ghat
One of Varanasis 100 or so Ghats
A Varanasi Ghat
Shady Varanasi Ghat, India
Varanasi Ghat
Temples, Ghats and things at Varanasi - Ganga River.
Varanasi ghats
A riverside temple at Varanasi, India.
Ganges Mosque?
People on a ghat spotting boat trip on the Ganga at Varanasi, India.
Ganges boat trip

Taking a boat trip out onto the River Ganges at Varanasi for a view of the Ghats from the river.

Boat trips out onto the Ganges are quite popular and you do get really good views of all that is going on - including the actvity constantly going on at the Burning Ghat. However this is India and often as not things are never particularly straightforward. Boats are organised and probably under the control of touts - so for a start do not part with any money until the trip actually begins. These boats will not set out until they have how ever many passengers they consider to be viable to take so you could wait quite a long time if things are quiet. The opposite to this is if there are lots of people wanting trips the touts may well be happy to have too many passengers on the boats - the River Ganges is wide and has strong currents in places.
River Ganges boats wating to be hired - Varanasi, India Buildings along the ghats at Varanasi in India. River Ganges at Varanasi - riverside buildings Malaviya road and rail Bridge across the River Ganges at Varanasi
Alternatively you can ignore these touts and instead wander along the ghats a short distance - soon to be approached by small boat (local) owners happy to take just a couple of people out onto the river straight away and they should have lifejackets if you want them - for a price acceptable to both parties. Note that the River Ganges is exceedingly polluted at Varanasi - the river water is not remotely safe to drink and therefore ideally it is best not to fall into it.
Alamgir Mosque at riverside, Varanasi, India. River Ganges bank-side buildings View along the River Ganges and the Ghats at Varanasi Nice and quiet along Varanasi's Ghats - sometimes
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