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  • Address: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

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Banaras Ghats Tours

Varanasi’s ghats (Banaras Ghats) descend from the city down the banks and into the waters of the holy River Ganges. There are almost 100 individual ghats lining the river’s edge in this region, their steep steps making access to the river possible during both the wet and dry seasons. The oldest and most famous ghats in the area are Dashashwamedh, Manikarnika, and Harishchandra. Others include Assi Ghat, Scindia Ghat, Lalita Ghat, and Kedar Ghat.

As the religious capital of India among Hindus, Varanasi sees pilgrims and other visitors drawn to the Banaras Ghats in their droves. Visitors can absorb the atmosphere by taking a sunrise boat-ride along the river, while marveling at the colorful temples and religious activities lining the water’s edge.

Devout Hindus aim to travel to the Banaras Ghats at least once in their lifetimes, and most hope to die and be cremated within the city in order that their ashes be swept away by the Ganges. The cremation fires here burn all day every day, with the main cremation ghat being Manikarnika. Some ghats are simply used for prayers and bathing.

Practical Info

Travel between the Banaras Ghats by auto-rickshaw or on a boat trip along the river. Trips from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat are popular, although some boat operators begin at the most southerly ghat, Assi, and head north.

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Insight Varanasi Day Tour, Varanasi, null
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Insight Varanasi Day Tour

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Do you believe that one's sins can be absolved by taking a dip in the holy Ganges in Varanasi? Local people believe that Varanasi is the place where liberates ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
3-Hour Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat Tour, Varanasi, Full-day Tours
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3-Hour Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat Tour

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Boating down the Ganges River during sunrise is one of the main attractions in Varanasi. We can observe here the Hindu way of life along the banks of the ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Experience Varanasi in a 3 Days City Sightseeing Private Trip With Tour Guide, Varanasi, Day Trips
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Experience Varanasi in a 3 Days City Sightseeing Private Trip With Tour Guide

Varanasi is one the sacred places of India and one of the most visited tourist destinations in North India. It holds a special and much higher place ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $420.00
Experience Varanasi in a Two Days City Sightseeing Private Trip With Tour Guide, Varanasi, ... 
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Experience Varanasi in a Two Days City Sightseeing Private Trip With Tour Guide

Take a romantic boat ride on the silent water of Ganges in Varanasi. Observe the natives performing their daily activities alongside River Ganga. Watch people ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $280.00
Private Full-Day Tour Ganga Aarti Ceremony from Varanasi, Varanasi, Multi-day Tours
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Private Full-Day Tour Ganga Aarti Ceremony from Varanasi

Enjoy Full Day Private cultural tour to explore the picturesque city, Varanasi, the holy city of India is also known as one of the popular tourist destinations ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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