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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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  • Ghats are famous to spend your evenings for. Go there. Watch the Ganga Aarti in the evening. Have some snacks. You will definitely love it. 
  • I had a distorted idea of the activities in the Ganjes River, but the gats are distanced each other, walked with an admirable guide boat and lots of love for their city and very knowledgeable
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  • Visited Ghats of Varanasi after Aarti was over and encountered very strong stench of garbage and cow dung all around. The waters were also stinking of sewage. It seems that the authorities are not at ...  more »