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Varanasi or Kashi is famous for the ghats. It is also known as the city of ghats. If you are planning on a trip to Varanasi, these are the ghats you must explore on your visit there.
1. ASSI GHAT:
Located at the southern extreme end of the city, this is the ghat where river Ganges meets river Assi. A little less crowded and chaotic then the other ghats, this ghat is a hangout spot of the youngsters. Talking about its mythological significance, this ghat is an important ghat for Hindus. The evening Ganga aarti is a beautiful sight. Talking about the food and lodging in this area, there is quite a lot of restaurants and cafes serving cuisines from Indian to Italian and Korean. The rooftop cafes are quite favourite among travellers and people. There are hotels and PGs providing rooms to the travellers at a very pocket-friendly price.
2. DASASWAMEDH GHAT:
Dasaswamedh Ghat is the heart of Varanasi and top attraction of tourists. One of the holiest and oldest ghats of Varanasi, it is where the famous Ganga Aarti takes place every evening, and the ghat is flooded with people to witness this aarti. Also, after Diwali, Dev-Deepawali is celebrated at this ghat. It is believed that Lord Brahma created this ghat to welcome Lord Shiva. It is also believed that Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses during a yagna here, and from this comes the name DASASWAMEDH. The ghat is filled with pilgrims, Hindu priests, flower vendors and beggars from dawn to dusk. There is also a crowded marketplace around the ghat. It is located very close to the Vishwanath Temple.
3. CHET SINGH GHAT:
Constructed by Maharaja Chet Singh in the 18th century, this ghat is a fortified one. The ghat has witnessed a fierce battle between Raja Chet Singh and Warren Hastings, the first governor-general of India. Bathing isn't advisable at this ghat since the current of the Ganges can be quite sharp.
4. DARBHANGA GHAT:
This ghat is great for photography. It is one of the most visually appealing and architecturally impressive ghats. It was built in the early 1900s by the Royal family of Bihar. It features the palace hotel that you can stay in.
5. MANIKARNIKA GHAT:
Manikarnika Ghat is the most famous cremation ghat. Hindus believe it will liberate them from the cycles of death and rebirth. You will come face to face with death at Manikarnika Ghat. If you are curious and bold enough, it is possible to watch the cremation take place for a fee. Make sure you negotiate with the guides and priests and not immediately give in to their demands for a high sum of money.