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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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  • this is ghat where the sols of dead are cremation and also a little bit of scary place to see the dead body firing like that.  more »
  • Fair WARNING!!! As you get near the ghat, you may be approached by some nice guy, in appearance, with a fairly good English, who announce ahead he does not want any of your money, no, he just want you...  more »
  • Myself and daughter planned to visit the cremation site and discreetly stand at the side out of curiosity. We were approached by a young man who proceeded to tell us how the whole thing worked. He ass...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Holy place to visit.The most amazing and fascinating thing about this place is GANGA ARTI,i am sure you will love it.KUDOS
  • One of the oldest ghats in varanasi...people get moksh after cremation on this ground only..
  • it is a historic and religious place. dead bodies of people of hindu religion are cremated here. must visit once in life to know the reality of life.