Ganges River, Varanasi

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Experience the spiritual atmosphere of Ganges River in Varanasi, the holiest of the many cities nestled on the massive river’s banks. The sacred river attracts pilgrims from all over the country who come to take a dip in its waters, as well as a number of people hoping to be cremated there when they pass, so as to be freed from the cycle of reincarnation. On a boat ride along the river, you can observe the numerous "ghats" (stone steps that lead into the water), used for the rituals of bathing and cremation. Plan my trip to Varanasi with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • The thing to do in varsnasi: walk along the gange and dont hesitate to go out of the "touristy" bounds. Dont miss sunrise!!!  more »
  • Saw the evening Aarti at the Holy Ganga in the evening from the boat. It was a moonlit night, the river looked charming and there were thousands assembled around the dashashwamedh ghat in the boats on...  more »
  • The river is very clean. We went to all the Ghats and all the ghats are very neat and clean. She has an amazing depth and current. Ganga truly is the lifeline of our country. Ganga arathi is a must se...  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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