Attractions

Top Choice Ghat in Varanasi

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 are carried through the alleyways of the Old City to the holy …
Top Choice Hindu Temple 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. The current temple was built in 1776 by Ahalya Bai of Indor…
Top Choice Ghat in Varanasi

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 oppressive boat owners, flower sellers, massage practitioners and touts try…
Top Choice Ghat in Varanasi

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 come to worship a Shiva lingam (phallic image of Shiva) bene…
Top Choice Ghat in Varanasi

Harishchandra Ghat

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

Anandmayee Ghat

One of many less significant ghats along the sacred river Ganges in Varanasi.
University in Varanasi

Benares Hindu University

Long regarded as a centre of learning, Varanasi’s tradition of top-quality education continues today at Benares Hindu University, established in 1916. The wide, tree-lined streets and parkland of the 5-sq-km campus …
Museum in Varanasi

Bharat Kala Bhavan

On the Benares Hindu University campus, this museum hosts a wonderful collection of miniature paintings, as well as 12th-century palm-leaf manuscripts, sculptures and local history displays. No cameras.
Ghat in Varanasi

Munshi Ghat

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

Kedar Ghat

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