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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  • August 14, 2017
    Went to assi two days in a row! Very peaceful...go for a boatride here ... you will get to see all the Ghats and it is beautiful...i loved iy  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Ghats are the places on the riversideside where people meet and socialize. This one is amazing in the evening with a evening festival, music, dances and fire.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Staff go to 1900 hours to the Ghats. Assi ghat is a true spectacle. But if you want to experience the evening ceremony. Go see this especially from the boat. These are spacious. We rented a boat for us private for rupee 2500. It was completely worth it.
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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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