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

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1. Vishwanath Temple

0.03 MILES

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…

2. Manikarnika Ghat

0.23 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…

3. Man Mandir Ghat

0.23 MILES

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…

4. Dattatreya Ghat

0.26 MILES

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

5. Scindhia Ghat

0.29 MILES

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. Dashashwamedh Ghat

0.33 MILES

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