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Banaras Ghats, Varanasi
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At Banaras Ghats, see nearly 100 riverfront steps which Hindu devotees use to access their sacred river to perform religious rituals. Observe the native people as they cleanse their spirits in the holy waters, honor their deities, and sometimes even cremate the dead. Take a boat ride on the river to witness the ceremonies from a different perspective. Some of the ghats remain private and closed for visitors, but others welcome both newcomers and regulars. Avoid bathing in the river, however, since it has became alarmingly contaminated in recent decades. Use our Varanasi itinerary builder to visit Banaras Ghats on your trip to Varanasi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Had an wonderful experience as traveled through ghats on a boat. Visited almost 20 major ghats on a boat and had a wonderful view. 
  • Was disappointed to see famous place in dirty condition. Stones of Ghats were in poor condition. Lot of visitors specially from foreign countries are visiting daily. Administration should do something...  more »
  • These are the wharves or docks on which tourists, mourners, bathers, and worshippers gather on the steps leading up and down from the Ganges, the raison d'etre for everything in Varanasi. The ghats ar...  more »