Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi

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At Dasaswamedh Ghat, see how locals gather at their most sacred river to perform religious rituals and appease their gods. This main ghat rests close to Vishwanath temple, where many Hindu legends came to existence. Learn from the locals as they preach that Lord Brahma created this site to welcome Lord Shiva; some devotees believe that Brahma sacrificed 10 horses here to prove his sovereignty. As you roam this area, notice the observatory overlooking the river, which was built in 1737. Feel free to take part in religious festivals, but watch out for the fire during the daily Agni Pooja (worship of fire) ritual. Using our online itinerary creator, Varanasi attractions like Dasaswamedh Ghat can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This is one the main Ghats in Banaras and the place where Ganga Arti takes place. There are 2 ventures one where 7 Pandits do it which is the main one and other is where 5 Pandits do it. Makes sure u ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This place is good to spend 3-4 hrs with family. You must bring some eatables and water. Try to avoid boats after subset.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    This is one of holiest ghats in india, hundreds of thousands visit here every day. The place is very well arranged and managed. We saw the evening Arti which was beautiful beyond words. A boat ride on...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    It's an okay place, but in the end if you are a person who tries to stay away from the crowd then the best time to visit this or any ghat is during the monsoons. Make sure that you carry your rain coats and water proof trousers in the monsoons cause the weather is pretty unpredictable. The place would be good if it was clean.
  • May 5, 2017
    Peace and joy at the same time. Street food is love. Must-visit place for foodies and travellers. Evening prayer of Goddess Ganga is worth attending. Boating at early morning just after the sunrise is the best time to enjoy the boat ride.
  • July 13, 2017
    Best ghat of all. Very close to temple, Harathi happens here every day. I observe Water is clean compared to other Ghats.
  • July 4, 2017
    A magnificent place to spend time. Most busy time of the day is during Ganga Aarthi (6pm-9pm). It is a must watch item if you are visiting Varanasi. You can either see from the banks of Ganges or you can rent a boat and see it from the Ganges itself. Renting a private boat will be costly. If you are going for a shared boat, you can manage for around Rs 200.
  • June 29, 2017
    Very spiritual and nice place to visit with holy heart. Boats are available but they asks a huge amount to carry you but you have to bargain n they come down from 200 to 20 per head in group and individual 1000 to 300-400. So be aware. Jay Bhole Nath.

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