Banaras Ghats, Varanasi

4.5
At Banaras Ghats, see nearly 100 riverfront steps which Hindu devotees use to access their sacred river to perform religious rituals. Observe the native people as they cleanse their spirits in the holy waters, honor their deities, and sometimes even cremate the dead. Take a boat ride on the river to witness the ceremonies from a different perspective. Some of the ghats remain private and closed for visitors, but others welcome both newcomers and regulars. Avoid bathing in the river, however, since it has became alarmingly contaminated in recent decades. Put Banaras Ghats on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Varanasi trip builder website.
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  • We opted for an evening Boat ride beginning at 4.45 pm and we were informed the trip would be over in an hour. It took some hard bargaining, because the agents who work a deal with the boatmen sense....  more »
  • Very colourful but beware as usual for bogus "tuk tuk drivers" who pretend to be your driver and encourage you to get into their tuk tuk. Brimming with people and religious significance. Not the...  more »

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