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. With our online itinerary creator, Varanasi attractions like Manikarnika Ghat can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • At the top end of the Manikarnika Ghat is a big heap of firewood and a wave where we weigh the wood, which is made up of many different tree species. Sandalwood is the most expensive to buy. Before the cremation on the banks, has made up a price for the wood and how much wood it takes for cremation. Manikarnika is "the finest" site at the Time of cremation.
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  • We walked along all the ghats. It is not dangerous as some say, at most there are false guides and just say no, like anywhere else in India. Just go there with respect and a modicum of common sense (but not as much as there were tourists who occasionally took some pictures between the gabble prrsenti Indians). For the rest I can't find words to describe what I felt ... Not disgust, nor sadness, nor interest macabre. But I admit that it is hard to leave. It is a place that I dreamed to see since forever, and it's as if I'd always been. A must-have for anyone who has a genuine interest in understanding other cultures and a visceral love for this country.
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  • Supposedly one of the most holiest places where a person could get cremated. So you can see multiple pyres burning 24 x 7. But as is expected, not at all clean and then there's smoke, fumes and smell....  more »
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  • Beautiful ghat! We did a beautiful ride in a cute boat with Goby!! We really recommend him!! Very nice person, he explain us a lot of things and wasn’t very expensive.
  • This ghat is truly eye-opening and to be sure you won't find another place quite like this. The people waiting to die in the hospice overlooking the waterside ghat is what is truly astounding. Some sit on a balcony overlooking the burnings that take place all day. A visit at night would be wild, no question about that. I witnesses an embalmed body being rushed to the scene on top of a car the horn going as though there was an appointment with a deity. The sea of humanity there party like the proverbial Red Sea.
  • You'll either be wowed or be shocked, but you can never be feelingless watching what happen to you after you die. Was really a blissful experience and I'll recommend everyone to go there (during this life of course)
  • It is a holy place. Its importance is known to everyone. It is not possible to describe in few sentences. One of the most importent places to be visited in Kashi(Varanasi).
  • Nice place, Full of Spiritual, Manikarnika Ghat, the main burning ghat, is the most auspicious place for a Hindu to be cremated. Dead bodies are handled by outcasts known as doms, and are carried through the alleyways of the Old City to the holy Ganges on a bamboo stretcher, swathed in cloth. The corpse is doused in the Ganges prior to cremation.
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