Must see attractions in Varanasi

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    Manikarnika Ghat

    Manikarnika Ghat, the main burning ghat, is the most auspicious place for a Hindu to be cremated. Dead bodies are handled by outcasts known as doms, and…

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    Assi Ghat

    The furthest south of the main ghats and one of the biggest, Assi Ghat is particularly important as the River Assi meets the Ganges near here and pilgrims…

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    Dashashwamedh Ghat

    Varanasi’s liveliest and most colourful ghat. The name indicates that Brahma sacrificed (medh) 10 (das) horses (aswa) here. In spite of the persistent…

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    Harishchandra Ghat

    Harishchandra Ghat is a cremation ghat – smaller and secondary in importance to Manikarnika, but one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi.

  • Vishwanath Temple

    There are temples at almost every turn in Varanasi, but this is the most famous of the lot. It is dedicated to Vishveswara – Shiva as lord of the universe…

  • Banares Hindu University

    Long regarded as a centre of learning, Varanasi’s tradition of top-quality education continues today at Banares Hindu University, established in 1916. The…

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    Bharat Kala Bhavan

    On the Banares Hindu University campus, this museum hosts a wonderful collection of miniature paintings, as well as 12th-century palm-leaf manuscripts,…

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    Munshi Ghat

    Munshi Ghat – also known as Darbhanga Ghat – is one of the more photogenic ghats along the old town stretch of the Ganges in Varanasi.

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    Kedar Ghat

    A colourful ghat with many steps and a small pool, where a fire aarti is held every evening at 6.30pm.

  • Ramnagar Fort & Museum

    This crumbling 17th-century fort and palace, on the eastern bank of the Ganges, isn't a prime attraction, but the eccentric museum has some interesting…

  • Man Mandir Ghat

    Just north of Dashashwamedh Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat was built in 1600 by Raja Man Singh and later housed an observatory. The northern corner of the ghat has…

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    Durga Temple

    This temple, dedicated to the goddess Durga, was built in the 18th century by a Bengali maharani and is stained red with ochre. It's also known as the …

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    Tulsi Ghat

    Named after a 16th-century Hindu poet, Tulsi Ghat has fallen down towards the river, but in the month of Kartika (October/November) a festival devoted to…

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    Tulsi Manas Temple

    The walls of this modern, marble, sikhara-style temple are engraved with verses and scenes from the Ram Charit Manas, the Hindi version of the Ramayana.

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    Alamgir Mosque

    Dominating Panchganga Ghat, this small mosque was built by Aurangzeb on the site of a large Vishnu temple.

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    Shivala Ghat

    A small Shiva temple and a 19th-century mansion built by Nepali royalty sit back from Shivala Ghat, built by the local maharaja of Benares.

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    Hanuman Ghat

    Popular with Rama devotees (Hanuman was Rama's stalwart ally in his quest to rescue Sita from the demon Ravana).

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    Ram Ghat

    North from Scindhia Ghat, Ram Ghat was built by a maharaja of Jaipur.

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    Dattatreya Ghat

    Dattatreya takes its name from a Brahmin saint, whose footprint is preserved in a small temple nearby.

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    Trilochan Ghat

    At Trilochan, two turrets emerge from the river, and the water between them is especially holy.