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Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi

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Pay a visit to Manikarnika Ghat, one of the country's best-known and sacred ghats. Sitting on the banks of the large, revered river, the ghat features a staircase leading down to the main area in which traditional Hindu cremations are performed. Learn about the site's spiritual heritage to understand why so many wish their bodies to be cremated here after death. The complex's architecture, the river, and the burning funeral pyres create an arresting sight, and visitors should maintain a respectful air at all times. Put Manikarnika Ghat and other Varanasi attractions into our Varanasi vacation trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The big place where people are cremated. Photo or films are not allowed. You get a tour guide if you want to see more. And they tell you more about the ceremonies. You can pay for Wood for the poort p...  more »
  • Last place for human this is real truth the biggest truth of life because after death this is great to see reality  more »
  • Interesting to see the hindu ceremonial cremations but beware of many scammers who try to approach you and offer to show you around, after which they quite forcibly ask you for money.  more »
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  • It's a bit special considered to other ghats of Varanasi. It's a cremation ground considered holy by Hindus. People hope their dear ones will attain Moksha easily if they are cremated here. It's advised NOT TO TAKE PHOTOS HERE.
  • Be careful of tauts if you are visiting by foot. It is advisable to visit by boat. The Boats which does ghats tour are best suited. Its an unique place, one must experience it.
  • With all respect, for the most holy place of Hindus it was incredibly dirty and full of people trying to rip you off. I do not understand why a river can get this dirty if it is so holy. Nevertheless an amazing and surreal experience (for Westeners). Try to get a guide from your hotel and do a boat trip.
  • The city is also known for its Ghats located on the banks of the Ganges River and were mostly built during the 18th century. Today, the Ghats are known to attract a large number of devotees and tourists who visit Varanasi to Pradeep Kumbhashi seek spiritual.
  • Age old tradition of Cremation 🔥 It's Visible for Visionaries like RamKrishna ParamHansa, Who himself seen Lord Shiva gives Moxa by uttering Taarak Mantra in ears of Parthiv Deha who been cremated here at ManiKarnika Ghat 🙏🏼

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Where to stay in Varanasi

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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