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. Put Banaras Ghats on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Varanasi trip builder website .
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  • October 5, 2017
    When you go in the boat you get to see all the ghats. catch a motor boat at Kedar Ghat, he charges about 150/- per person. He shows all the ghats and brings you back to the same place. Preferred time ...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    This is where the true spirit of Banaras is...a walk along the ghats gives a very good glimpse into the history and life of Banaras. Also I recommend that you take a morning shared boat from Assi ghat...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    The ghats are more cleaner now and plenty of dustbins around as well as sweepers to clean in the morning and evening, Plenty of temples around the ghats makes your journey more enjoyable  more »

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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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