6 popular Varanasi Ghats you must not miss: Take a trip to Varanasi Ghats for a spiritual dip
Want to experience the spiritual side of you or wash away your sins? Come take a dip in river Ganga at Varanasi Ghats. Varanasi the city of Lord Shiva is renowned for its Ghats. There are more than 80 ghats in the city. Here are the 6 Varanasi Ghats you must visit.
- Dashashwamedh Ghat
This is the most lively and colourful Varanasi Ghat. It is close to the famous Vishwanath temple. Lord Brahma is believed to have sacrificed ten horses here and this is how it got the name Dashashwamedh. You can take an early morning boat ride and every evening can witness the Ganga Aarti where thousands of diyas are immersed in the river Ganga. Don’t miss out the samosa and kachori lane near this Ghat.
- Assi Ghat
If you want to stay away from the crowd then Assi Ghat is ideal for you. Located at the extreme southern end of the ghats, this ghat is the meeting point of rivers-Ganga and Assi. You can meditate, do yoga or just relax on the river banks or visit this Varanasi Ghat at night and enjoy the popular kulhar tea.
- Darbhanga Ghat
Selfie lovers don’t miss out Darbhanga Ghat, one of the most photogenic Varanasi Ghats. In early 1900 the royal family of Bihar built a beautiful palace here. This visually appealing palace at the backdrop of river Ganga is a must visit.
- Tulsi Ghat
This Varanasi Ghat got its name from the great poet Tulsi Das who wrote Ramcharitramanas. He spent most of his life at this ghat. It is believed that the first Ramlila was staged here. In the month of October/November (Kartik month) Krishnalila is being performed with great devotion.
- Manmandir Ghat
Manmandir Ghat is one of the oldest Varanasi Ghat. Constructed by Raja Sawai Man Singh this ghat is a classic example of Rajasthan’s architecture. Head up to the terrace for a spectacular view of river Ganga!
- Manikarnika Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat is the main burning ghat and most auspicious place for a Hindu to get cremated. At Varanasi Ghats cremation you can openly come face to face with death. Hindus believe if cremated here it will liberate them from the cycle of death and rebirth. If you are curious and bold, one can watch the cremation rituals here. Even you can go to Harishandra Ghat, the oldest cremation ghat, to watch the cremation.
Best time to visit Varanasi Ghats
October to March is the best time to visit Varanasi as the weather is pleasant. Fifteen days after Diwali a unique and spectacular Dev Deepawali festival is celebrated here. Lakhs of earthen lamps are illuminated at the Ghats and all the palaces are decorated with diyas. This is the best time to enjoy Varanasi Ghats at night. You can just sit here or walk along the ghats to soak in the atmosphere.