Varanasi Ghat Experience
Ghats seen while boating in Ganga
A ghat is a series of steps leading down to the river, used by bathers and pilgrims, and riverside Varanasi consists of a long sequence of these. The best option for viewing the ghats is to charter a boat and see them from the river.
Hindus consider it auspicious to die in Varanasi, so some ghats are known as burning ghats, where bodies are cremated (in full view) before their ashes are placed in the Ganges.
Some of the main ghats, from north to south:
# Panchganga Ghat - the meeting of the five rivers
# Manikarnika Ghat - the main cremation ghat; a must-see
# Dasaswamedh Ghat - the main ghat and site of the large evening aarti
# Kedar Ghat - brightly painted in stripes and busy with bathers
# Tulsi Ghat - site of the large water purification plant
# Assi Ghat - a popular place to stay with many hotels, restaurants and internet cafes
It may be more comfortable to stay elsewhere in Varanasi a stay around the Ghat is nothing short of an spiritual experience and therefore recommended for an experiential traveller.