Assi Ghat

Open Time : Open 24 hours

Entry : free

Address : Assi ghat, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Why to visit Assi Ghat

The southernmost ghat in Varanasi is the renowned Assi Ghat, which has won accolades on a global scale. It is one of the most popular destinations in the area and is well-known for the enormous Shivling that is located beneath a peepal tree.

One of the ghats that is frequently visited for relaxation and during festivities is Assi Ghat. Around 300 people arrive in the mornings on average days, while 2,500 individuals do so on festival days. Hindus also think that Tulsidas left for his heavenly residence from Assi Ghat.

Things to do in and around Assi Ghat: 

  • Boating: You have a relaxing experience when you ride a boat at Assi Ghat. The Varanasi ghats are surely soul-rejuvenating to observe. 
  • Holy Dip: Hindu worshippers also take a sacred bath in the Ganga at Assi Ghat. Dips in the river are thought to be cleansing for the soul.
  • Enchanting Evenings: The enormous concrete surface of the ghat comes alive in the evenings when a small fire ceremony attracts hawkers and performers. It also includes yoga at dawn and music. It's a well-liked place to launch boat cruises from.
  • Ramnagar Fort: The Ramnagar Fort, one of the Mughal era's wonders, has many stories to share with you. In addition to the tales, the location's spectacular architecture is another draw.

Ganga Aarti in Assi Ghat

Every day between five and six in the morning, the Assi Ghat hosts the Subah Banaras morning Aarti. After the programme on Sunday morning, everyone is welcome to attend a free yoga class.

At 6:30 PM, the evening Ganga Aarti is conducted at the Ghat's two ends. The event is later followed by Deep Daan (the act of offering earthen lamps and flowers to the Ganga river). A big number of villagers and visitors attend the evening Aarti, in contrast to the morning Aarti.

Nearby Places: 

  • Lal Ghat (4 minutes away)
  • Tulsi Ghat (4 minutes away)
  • Ruchika Art Gallery (7 mins away)
  • Sankat Mochan Temple (12 mins away)

Nearby Restaurants: 

  • Ashish Cafe (0.1 km)
  • Aum Cafe (0.1 km)
  • Pizzeria Vaatika Cafe (82 m)
  • Vegan & Raw (0.3 km)

Distance from Varanasi: 7.2 km

Best Time to Visit: Shivratri

FAQ on Assi Ghat

How to reach Assi Ghat?

Vishwanath Temple is 3 KM and BHU is 2 KM away from Assi Ghat. It has excellent road connections to all railroad stations, the airport, and the bus terminal. You can take a shared auto-rickshaw to Assi Crossing and walk for 5 minutes to get to Assi Ghat. From any ghat, you can walk or take a boat to the Assi Ghat.

What are the nearby attractions close to Assi Ghat?

The nearby attractions include: Lal Ghat (4 minutes away), Tulsi Ghat (4 minutes away), and Ruchika Art Gallery (7 mins away).

What are the nearby restaurants close to Assi Ghat?

The nearby restaurants include: Ashish Cafe (0.1 km), Aum Cafe (0.1 km), and Pizzeria Vaatika Cafe (82 m).

Does it cost money to enter Assi Ghat?

No, there is no entrance fee at Assi Ghat.

What time of year is best for visiting Assi Ghat?

Wintertime presents a nicer appearance. This is the time of year when the mornings are filled with enchanting-looking fog. Additionally, exploring the Assi Ghat first thing in the morning gives you a chance to purify your soul.

Special Tip

Shivratri is a time to visit the ghat to experience an unparalleled festival. You can be pursued by touts who want you to perform pujas or make offerings. It is best to ignore them and focus on your own work. Boat rides and hot-air balloon rides are available here.

By Rebecca Lal

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