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Ganga Ghats

Spiritual life in Varanasi revolves around the ghats, a very special type of embankments that are actually long flights of wide stone steps leading down to the holy river Ganga on its western bank where people can take a holy dip. Varanasi is symbolized by its chain of more than 80 Ghats and each holds some special significance of its own. Most are used for bathing but there are also 'burning ghats' used for cremation. However, there are more to these Ghats than just bathing and cremating. Several ghats are associated with legends or mythologies while many ghats are privately owned. Different ghats reveal unique architectural styles as these were built by different dynasties or patrons belonging to different regions. Viewing the Ganga Ghats from a boat during sunrise presents a spectacular view and offers an unforgettable experience to the visitors. A casual walk through the length of the ghats introduces fascinating mixture of people who come to the Ganga not only for a holy dip or perform rituals, but also for various other activities like wash clothes, do exercise and meditation, offer blessings, buy and sell flowers, teach and learn philosophy, render and receive body-massage, play cricket, wash buffaloes or simply hang around. In fact, the ghats of Varanasi unveil a traditional India with all its colours and zest.

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General View

General View
Assi Ghat

Assi Ghat
Ganga Mahal Ghat

Ganga Mahal Ghat
Reva Ghat

Reva Ghat
Tulasi Ghat

Tulasi Ghat
Bhadaini Ghat

Bhadaini Ghat
Janaki Ghat

Janaki Ghat
Vachchha Raj Ghat

Vachchha Raj Ghat
Jain Ghat

Jain Ghat
Prabhu Ghat

Prabhu Ghat
Chait Singh Ghat (Angular View)

Chait Singh Ghat (Angular View)
Chait Singh Ghat (Front View)

Chait Singh Ghat (Front View)