Explore the picturesque ghats of Varanasi

Varanasi, also known as Banaras or Kashi, is one of the most interesting places to visit in the country. Located at the banks of Ganga in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi has always attracted a large number of pilgrims from all over the world. Considered to be one of the oldest and holiest of cities, Varanasi houses a plethora of history concealed within the ancient architecture, oft practiced religious rituals and museums and shrines which have survived the tests of time.
There are many options for tourists willing to explore the inherent beauty of this city. A lot of hotel Varanasi offer packaged tours and stays to cater to your specific needs. So, once you reach Varanasi, do not forget to check out the different ghats along the river Ganges. There are around eighty-eight different ghats, which offer a surrealistic travel experience because of their beauty and diversity. Read on to know more about the principle ghats that you definitely should not miss during your visit.
  • ManikarnikaGhat: This ghatis considered to be an auspicious place for Hindus to be cremated and hence innumerable people flock here every year to fulfil that purpose. The sight is awe inspiring and without a doubt induces a sense of morbid reality. Photography is strictly prohibited here. Quick tip: beware of local guides/priests who would lead you atop a building to have a better view of the cremations and charge you afterwards.
  • DasaswamedhGhat: Easily the most popular of all the ghats of Varanasi, it is a smorgasbord of colourful activities throughout the day. Do not miss the extremely visual Ganga aarti performed by the priests in the evening accompanied by a sensory overload of sounds emanating from conch shells, drums and bells. The best way to experience this aarti and the ensuing prayers is from the boats on the Ganges which you can rent on an hourly basis.
  • AssiGhat:If you are a morning person, do not miss the chance of observing the sunrise from this ghat overlooking the confluence of rivers Assi and Ganga. The added activities offered here like morning yoga is sure to make for a great start to your day. You can also find here some of the best resorts Varanasihas to offer.
  • TulsiGhat: This ghat is named after the famous poet Tulsidas who wrote the Ramacharitamanas while staying here and is a must visit for those who are a bit historically inclined. If you are here during October – November, try to catch the play Krishna Lila which is staged here amidst a huge fanfare.
Other notable ghats include the Munshighat which finds popularity among photographers, Lalita ghat which was built by the king of Nepal, Scindiaghat which houses a partially submerged Shiva temple and the Bacharajghat which is a predominantly Jain ghat with three ancient Jain temples nearby. All the ghats offer a glimpse into the soul of this ancient city and its deep-rooted mysticism.
So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Varanasi today and get the most out of your tour by exploring the serene ghats along the sacred Ganges.

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