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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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  • Travelling as a single female, found a very knowledgeable tour guide,( you need one to explain just what it is you are seeing and as it"s all so intricately woven with Hinduism, Gaurav Khanna personif...  more »
  • There are two moments ideal to live the Ghats... Dawn: where you can see the time of worship and songs as the sun rises, sailing in a boat at sunset: just when you start the Aarti and edges and oil lamps are lit, as I recommend you see it from a boat on the Ganges... (when you go in the afternoon it should be rickshaw, you won't forget the experience) Ideally if you are full day visiting Sarnat, for example if you saw dawn then you came to Sarnat (this as 1 hour away) and then in the afternoon you return to uploaded this on a Ricshaw not forget in your life)
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  • You have to see it, watching in silence. Take it easy. Respecting their customs. It is no doubt an unforgettable experience
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