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Assi Ghat, Varanasi

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Head down the steps at Assi Ghat to appreciate the ceremonial architecture and atmosphere of the city's southernmost ghat (a series of stairs leading to a body of water). Located at the confluence of two major rivers, the riverbank area is reputedly the place where the goddess Durga threw her sword into the water after killing a demon. See the large Shiva lingam (an abstract representation of the deity) under the shade of a peepal tree, a major site of Hindu pilgrimage and a focal point of ceremonies and celebrations at the ghat. Plan your Assi Ghat visit and explore what else you can see and do in Varanasi using our Varanasi itinerary maker.
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The old city of Varanasi has a long history of pilgrimage and tourism, and its range of accommodations has developed to a high degree to meet the vast demand from across India and further afield. Perhaps the most interesting and atmospheric place to stay can be found in the area surrounding the ghats on the west bank of the river. You can find an eclectic mix of simple hotels and guesthouses all the way from this point up to the main train station. North of the station sit the most luxurious of the city's accommodations, with views of the tributary that runs through the north, and a range of additional facilities.
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  • at the southernmost area of the ghats, assi is really peaceful. they also have morning rituals and evening performances on the stage there. we stayed more in the north but if we come back i'd like to ...  more »
  • Lots of people around you and evenly crowded but one can feel peace at this place. Nice place in the old and main city of "KASHI".  more »
  • this is the ghat wher goddess durga thrown her sword in the river after killing the demon Shumbha and the ghat was very famous ghat to visit  more »