5 Ghats In Varanasi To Find Inner Peace

Written By: Mehrosh Shamim

Varanasi, also known as Kashi, is considered one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. It is renowned for having a large number of ghats, which are important to Varanasi's cultural and spiritual life. There is always something interesting to see and do, from the beautifully painted boats that float the river to the busy markets that line the ghats. Check out our blog to learn about some of the best ghats in Varanasi for yourself:

1. Assi Ghat

One of Varanasi's most famous ghats, it is well-known for the enormous Shivling that is located beneath a peepal tree. During holidays like Shivratri, the ghat can hold roughly 22,500 people all at once. Ramnagar Fort, Sarnath, taking a holy bath, and riding a boat are a few of the popular attractions near the ghat.

Aarti Timing: Ganga aarti is available to devotees every morning between 5 and 6 am, while evening aarti begins at 6:30 pm.

  • Best Time To Visit: Shivratri

  • Ideal Duration: 1 hours

  • Distance From Varanasi: 7.2 km

  • Nearby Attractions: Lal Ghat (4 mins away), and Tulsi Ghat (5 mins away)

  • Nearby Restaurants: Ashish Cafe (0.1 km), and Aum Cafe (0.1 km)

2. Dashashwamedh Ghat

This is one of the most energetic ghats in Varanasi. Boating at sunset and sunrise, which is more gorgeous, is one of the key attractions. There are many places close to the ghat where you can eat and purchase for gifts. The act of pouring milk from the ghat into the river is considered to be religious.

Aarti Timing: The Aarti begins around 7 pm in the summer, and in winter it starts around 6 pm. 

Legends: There are two myths associated with its name. One of them says that it was made by Lord Brahma to welcome Lord Shiva, while the other claims that during the Ashwamedha Yajna that was held here, Lord Brahma sacrificed (medh) 10 (das) horses (aswa). 

  • Best Time To Visit: Kartik Purnima

  • Ideal Duration: 45 minutes 

  • Distance From Varanasi: 5.5 km

  • Nearby Attractions: Man Mandir Ghat (0.1 km), and Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (0.5 km)

  • Nearby Restaurants: Hotel Ganges Inn (260 m), and Diamond Hotel (1.9 km)

3. Manikarnika Ghat

Dashashwamedh Ghat and Scindia Ghat encircle it on either side. Visitors frequently come here to see cremations because it is believed that if someone is incinerated here, they quickly obtain moksha (salvation). An additional embellishment to this holy site is the Cakra-Pushkarini sacred pond.

Legends: The brave ruler of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmibai, is claimed to have been born at Manikarnika ghat, the same location where Devi Sati is said to have burnt herself on fire.

  • Best Time To Visit: March to June

  • Ideal Duration: 30 minutes 

  • Distance From Varanasi: 6 km

  • Nearby Attractions: Nepali Temple (0.1 km), and Dashashwamedh Ghat (950 m)

  • Nearby Restaurants: Dosa Cafe (0.5 km), Blue Lassi (0.3 km) 

4. Manmandir Ghat

Man Mandir is an illustration of how Rajput and Mughal styles may coexist. On the Ghat's northern side, there is a stone balcony from which visitors can take in breathtaking views of the Ganges River. Many Hindu temples, including Rameshwara Temple, Sthuladanta Vinayak Temple, Someshwara Temple, and Jantar Mantar Observatory, are also present there.

  • Best Time To Visit: Sunrise & sunset

  • Ideal Duration: 45 minutes 

  • Distance From Varanasi: 5.3 km

  • Nearby Attractions: Manikarnika Ghat (0.4 km), and Kashi Vishwanath Temple (0.2 km)

  • Nearby Restaurants: Vishnu Tea Emporium (0.1 km), and Niyati Cafe (0.1 km)

5. Kedar Ghat

It is considered cleaner to bathe in the revered Ganga and pray to Lord Shiva at the Kedareshwar Temple. A Parvati Kund is also nearby, which is thought to have powerful therapeutic properties. You can also take a boat ride through this ghat.

  • Best Time To Visit: July and August 

  • Ideal Duration: 30 minutes 

  • Distance From Varanasi: 5.8 km

  • Nearby Attractions: Chet Singh Ghat (0.5 km), and Harishchandra Ghat (0.1 km)

  • Nearby Restaurants: Mona Lisa Cafe (0.5 km), and Bowl of Compassion (0.6 km)

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Varanasi ghat is renowned? 

On the banks of the revered River Ganga in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi's Dashashwamedh Ghat is the city's most well-known ghat.

Which death ghat is located in Banaras? 

Every day, some 100 remains are burned on wooden pyres by the river at Manikarnika Ghat, the biggest and most revered cremation site.

How many ghats are there in Varanasi altogether? 

There are 84 ghats in total, and the majority are well-known for sacred bathing and puja rituals.

Which ghats in Varanasi are the most well-known? 

The following are a some of Varanasi's well-known ghats: Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harishchandra Ghat, Scindia Ghat, and more.

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