Gai Ghat


A painted stone Nandi statue and lingam mark this ghat north of the mosque.

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1. Trilochan Ghat

0.24 MILES

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

2. Alamgir Mosque

0.34 MILES

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

3. Panchganga Ghat

0.35 MILES

Just beyond Ram Ghat, this ghat marks where five holy rivers are supposed to meet.

4. Ram Ghat

0.41 MILES

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

5. Scindhia Ghat


Scindhia Ghat was originally built in 1830, but was so huge and magnificent that it collapsed into the river and had to be rebuilt.

6. Dattatreya Ghat

0.63 MILES

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

7. Manikarnika Ghat

0.67 MILES

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…

8. Gate 2

0.86 MILES

Foreigners should enter gate 2 (the Hindu exit) for access to Vishwanath Temple.