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Manikarnika Ghat

Varanasi, India
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Ranked #11 of 51 attractions in Varanasi
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Bangalore, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Mani karnika ghat in Kashi is one of the sacred point to be visited by a Hindu whoever visits Kashi. The story of this ghat is interesting. Once Lord Vishnu visited Kashi. He observed some peculiarity in the water as it looked like a mirror. Curiously He bent His head to see His face in it. Unfortunately for Him and... More

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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

You can reach this ghat both by boat and on foot. We did both. Before visiting Varansi, we thought bodies were only burned at sunrise. This is not true. They are burned all day long. It is important to come here and learn the history, reasons, and all that happens at this important place. It is a somber place, and... More

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Fremont, California
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Right after the boat ride this is where we got off. Luckily for me there was no big cremation going on. The fire was dying down. The fire wood lined up the walls to two storey's high. That was a site to see. The ashes from previous cremation was also there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

lots of dead bodies burning in this ghat and harischandra ghat, some strange feeling surrounded me when i was around this ghat cant name the feeling

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San Jose, California
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

On a recent trip to Varanasi, my friend and I got up early on our first morning in order to watch the sunrise over the Ganges. We had not booked a boat and wanted to walk along the riverfront. One of the guides from our hotel had warned us not o pay if asked for money at the funeral ghats,... More

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Luanda, Angola
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We went by land with a guide and weren't hassled but weren't allowed to take photos. We alos went close to the burning funeral pyres by boat and again the boatmen didn't want trouble and disallowed photos. However, the Indian tour boats seem to have no qualms about taking photos. Not because it is culturally inappropriate. Our hotel said if... More

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

If you are ready, than it will be ready for you. If you are not sure, first take a safe look at it from a boat. Yes, there is this gang and scams, and greedy Indians want your money, and they show you false hospice, so if you come with a guide from the hotel, it's much more easier. It... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I should have read this forum before going to this ghat. We were surrounded by three men who aggressively approached us for donation without letting us go. We ended up paying and walked away. At the same time, there were three Japanese tourists with a tour guide, they sailed through without any trouble. So one advice - get a tour... More

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Bangalore, India
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Feel the vibration closing your eyes and think about your passed away grand parents and bring them into your forefront closed eyes. They come to your request and shower blessings to you. Have an holy dip on other side of Manikarnika ghat & experience the power of blessing. Each hour, minute, the body keeps coming and get burnt on huge... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

This place is very powerful. 2 to 3 hundred remains cremated daily right along the river. Guys will come and tell you all about it, showing you a view of it all. Be careful, they want 300 rupees "for the wood being used to burn". It was a sight to see as this place is full of energy and history.

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