Dashashwamedh Ghat

Open Time : Open 24 hours

Entry : free

Address : Dashashwamedh Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat Road, Ghats of Varanasi, Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Why to visit Dashashwamedh Ghat

The Dashashwamedh Ghat is one of the most energetic locations to visit in Varanasi and is based on an intriguing legendary tale in which Brahma (the universe's creator) sacrificed his ten horses.


  • The ghat is the subject of many stories and legends. 
  • It is said that Lord Brahma sacrificed 10 horses at Dashashwamedh ghat to welcome Lord Shiva to the world. Das is short for ten, Ashwa for horse, and Medth for sacrifice. 
  • The ghat was twice renovated in the eighteenth century. 
  • Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao is claimed to have sacrificed ten horses in this ghat in the second century.

Evening at the Dashashwamedh Ghat: 

At the Dashashwamedh Ghat, the Varanasi Ganga Aarti is performed. It starts each evening at 6:30 pm and is sponsored by the NGO Ganga Seva Nidhi. One of Varanasi's top attractions is the Ganga Aarti, in which hundreds of visitors and worshippers take part.

Things to do in and around Dashashwamedh Ghat:

  • One of the main tourist attractions is boating from the ghat. It is thought that boating during sunrise and sunset is more beautiful.
  • It is believed that taking a ghat bath in the morning will wash away sins. The ghat is frequently filled with people taking baths.
  • It is believed to be a pious act to pour milk into the river from the ghat. In the evening, you may see a lot of worshippers splashing milk into the river.
  • The ghat is close to a number of well-known temples and tourist destinations.
  • A coordinated ritual honoring Goddess Ganges is performed by a group of priests every evening. In Varanasi, it is a significant location for photography.
  • For eating and shopping for souvenirs, there are lots of establishments close to the ghat.

How to reach: 

  • Nearest Bus Stand: Varanasi Cantt Bus Stand (4 kms)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Varanasi City Railway Station (4 kms)

Nearby Accomodation: 

  • Brijrama Palace (280 m)
  • Diamond Hotel (1.9 km)
  • Hotel Ganges Inn (260 m)
  • Sri Omkar palace (400 m)

Nearby Attractions:

  • Ganges River (53 m)
  • Banaras Ghats (0.1 km)
  • Man Mandir Ghat (0.1 km)
  • Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (0.5 km)

Distance from Varanasi: 5.5 km

FAQ on Dashashwamedh Ghat

How much does boating in Dashashwamedh Ghat cost?

Boating is a great way to see the captivating Ganges River. Then, depending on your aptitude at haggling, you can either purchase a boat for Rs. 250 to Rs. 500 or use a sawari boat for Rs. 50.

What are the nearby attractions close to Dashashwamedh Ghat?

The nearby attractions include: Ganges River (53 m), Man Mandir Ghat (0.1 km), and Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (0.5 km).

What are the nearby restaurants close to Dashashwamedh Ghat?

The nearby restaurants include: Aadha-Aadha Cafe (0.2 km), Vishnu Tea Shop (0.1 km), Bowl of Compassion (0.4 km), and Baba Lassi (0.3 km).

What is the best time to visit Dashashwamedh Ghat?

Due to the calm weather, winter is the perfect time to visit the ghat. In the evenings and during the Shivratri festival, it is livelier. There are a lot of ceremonies and activities taking place in the ghat in the early morning.

How to reach Dashashwamedh Ghat?

Dashashwamedh Ghat is only a 5-minute walk from Vishwanath Gali. It is conveniently connected by road to all railway stations, the airport, and the bus stop. You can get to Godowlia by taxi or shared auto-rickshaw, then walk for 5 minutes to the Dashashwamedh Ghat. You can also take a boat trip to the Dashashwamedh Ghat from any ghat.

Does it cost money to enter Dashashwamedh Ghat?

No, there are no entrance fees to Dashashwamedh Ghat.

Special Tip

At Dashashwamedh Ghat, boat prices are greater than at other Ghats. It is best to come to the ghat at least an hour before the Ganga Aarti Ceremony to get a decent view because a crowd is guaranteed. Children with sensitive skin should also refrain from taking a dip in the river.

By Rebecca Lal

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