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Review of Banaras Ghats

Ranked #2 of 97 things to do in Varanasi
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Owner description: One of the oldest cities of India, Banaras acts as an important religious center. The numerous bathing ghats (steps) along the bank of the Ganges attract huge crowds of pilgrims.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

We walked at night from Ghat to Ghat (there are over 80 of them), met people, saw cremations, people bathing in the holy river next to it, others washing themselves or their clothes.
At sunrise we did a tour with a personal guide on a small boat, enabling us to see the Ghats from the waterside and at night again to see the aarti on board of anothe boat.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Jean-Pierre K
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

I do think that tourists outnumber the local people on the popular ghats and whilst the rituals are interesting, the burning bodies a cross between disturbing and fascinating, I was surprised that Varanasi was so overwhelmed with tourists. We came at the end of the main tourist season, so goodness knows what it is like earlier in the winter.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank masaccio
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Due to festival we were caught in traffic jam and walked the last kilometre through people congested streets, music playing and senses overwhelmed with the chaos - would not have missed this for anything. The Aarti ceremony was very moving and was a definite highlight of our trip.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank ALW961
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Reviewed March 30, 2018

When we planned our trip, we weren't sure we wanted to visit the ghats. Now, having been there and experiencing the spirituality of the river and the city, I can say it was the highpoint of my time in India. It is amazing and must be seen.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Cliff N
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Reviewed March 30, 2018

The main attraction of this place is the ghats. It is one of the buzzing areas of the city. From boat rides to prayers, from meditation to cremation, from street vendors to teenagers, from Ganga aarti to every Hindu known ritual, this place is the heartthrob of the city. Though it gets dark and eerie at night, the early mornings and evening are perfect for people to enjoy a stroll or a boat ride

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank 71saikatm
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