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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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  • What is India? Many things to many people. Yes, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort are magnificent and game viewing in Ramthanbore exciting, and the Palace of the Winds interesting but nothing compares to su...  more »
  • If someone want to see real life & tradition of India than they must visit Banaras Ghats. In my life, first time I have seen human body funerals. There are lots of sadhu& devotee there as well. One ca...  more »
  • People bathing, bodies cremating, all of India's groups coming together for a rich Indian experience.