Ghats of Varanasi

A Ghat (River Front) is a series of steps leading down to the river, used by bathers and pilgrims. Riverside of Varanasi consists of a long sequence of these Ghats. Varanasi city’s life revolves around its seven kms long stretch of at least 84 Ghats. Steps in the Ghats lead to the banks of River Ganga, including the famous Ghats such as Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Panchganga Ghat and Harishchandra Ghat. It is possible to walk directly between the Ghats, though near Manikarnika Ghat you'll have to navigate your way up and around through the alleyways. Hindus consider it auspicious to die in Varanasi, so some Ghats are known as burning Ghats, where bodies are cremated before their ashes are placed in the Ganges. Many Ghats are associated with legends and many Ghats were also built when the city was under Maratha control. Marathas, Shindes (Scindias), Holkars, Bhonsles, and Peshwas stand out as patrons of present day Varanasi. Most of the Ghats are bathing Ghats, while others are used as cremation sites. Boat ride on River Ganges across the Ghats is a popular visitor’s attraction. The long stretch of Ghats makes for the lovely river front with large number of shrines.

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The best option for viewing the Ghats is to charter a boat and see them from boat midstream or from the Malviya bridge. The best time to visit the Ghats is at dawn when the river is bathed in a magical light and pilgrims come to perform puja to the rising sun. Burning pyres, people getting their hair shaved off, the chanting of sacred shlokas, giving of alms to Brahmins, Pandas (Brahmin Priests) sitting under huge umbrellas offering prayers for their clients, devotees praying and drinking water from the holy river are the common sight at these Ghats.

List of Ghats in Varanasi

Sr. No

Name

Sr. No

Name

1

Adi Keshava Ghat

43

Mangala Gauri Ghat

2

Ahilya Ghat

44

Manikarnika Ghat

3

Ahilyabai Ghat

45

Mata Anandamai Ghat

4

Assi Ghat

46

Meer Ghat

5

Badri Nayarana Ghat

47

Mehta Ghat

6

Bajirao Ghat

48

Munshi Ghat

7

Bauli /Umaraogiri / Amroha Ghat

49

Nandesavara Ghat

8

Bhadaini Ghat

50

Narad Ghat

9

Bhonsale Ghat

51

Naya Ghat

10

Brahma Ghat

52

Nepali Ghat

11

Bundi Parakota Ghat

53

Niranjani Ghat

12

Chaowki Ghat

54

Nishad Ghat

13

Chausatthi Ghat

55

Old Hanumanana Ghat

14

Cheta Singh Ghat

56

Pancaganga Ghat

15

Dandi Ghat

57

Panchkota Ghat

16

Darabhanga Ghat

58

Pandey Ghat

17

Dashashwamedh Ghat

59

Phuta Ghat

18

Digpatia Ghat

60

Prabhu Ghat

19

Durga Ghat

61

Prahalada Ghat

20

Gaay Ghat

62

Prayaga Ghat

21

Ganesha Ghat

63

Raj Ghat

22

Ganga Mahal Ghat (I)

64

Raja Ghat

23

Ganga Mahal Ghat (II)

65

Raja Gwalior Ghat

24

Gola Ghat

66

Rajendra Prasad Ghat

25

Gularia Ghat

67

Ram Ghat

26

Hanuman Ghat

68

Rana Mahala Ghat

27

Hanumanagardhi Ghat

69

Rewan Ghat

28

Harishchandra Ghat

70

Sakka Ghat

29

Jain Ghat

71

Sankatha Ghat

30

Jalasayi Ghat

72

Sarvesvara Ghat

31

Janaki Ghat

73

Scindia Ghat

32

Jatara Ghat

74

Shitala Ghat

33

Karnataka State Ghat

75

Shivala Ghat

34

Kedar Ghat

76

Sital Ghat

35

Khirkia Ghat

77

Somesvara Ghat

36

Khori Ghat

78

Telianala Ghat

37

Lala Ghat

79

Trilochana Ghat

38

Lali Ghat

80

Tripura Bhairavi Ghat

39

Lalita Ghat

81

Tulsi Ghat

40

Mahanirvani Ghat

82

Vaccharaja Ghat

41

Man Mandir Ghat

83

Venimadhava Ghat

42

Manasarovara Ghat

84

Vijayanagaram Ghat


VaranasiTourismTravel’s recommendation for Ghats - Even though all the Ghats of Varanasi have their own importance but if you are on a shot trip to Varanasi then do visit Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat and Harishchandra Ghat.