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Manikarnika Ghat

Varanasi, India
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Ranked #12 of 53 Attractions in Varanasi
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We did a lot of research before walking to this ghat and we wanted to act as respective as possible. We knew that you could not take pictures and would be approached for wood money, but that did not prepare us. We were constantly bombarded with "I work here and I help burn the dead" speeches that went on and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I approached this Ghat via walkways and lanes which are also close to "Blue Lassi' (well worth a visit, best fruit lassi). Many funeral processions passed. I think you can get quite close to the Ghat and see actual process of cremation. Many people, including myself, elect not to do that to maintain privacy of the families.

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New Delhi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Seen pyare flaming, what a faith of human being on Ganga river that they want to get Ashed away here in want of Nirvana.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

First of all. Watch out. Be very carefull. These sites are run by a gang. If you take a picture, beside i don't know if it is allowed, you will end up being confront by some fellows who are very agresive and want you to pay a lot of money to donate for the wood of the poor. You get... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

the place where dead are burnt...Behind this ghat, lays the old city of varanasi It combines odours of ash, urine and feces of wandering animals, and smells of food being cooked!!! All these, in really narrow alleys...

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This ghat is the main cremation ghat. For non-Indians who generally don't come into contact with death that often, this can be a shock to the sensibilities - but it gives great insight into the Hindu worldview if you take some time to learn about this. People will try and convince you to donate hundreds of rupees for the cremation... More

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Manikarnika Ghat has now becomea great burial ground. Dead bodies from different parts of India come here. It also has historical evidences

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We were taken to the cremation and ceremonial site and went through the alleyways passing al sorts of shops with interest. The guide provided the history and information of the same. Luckily we were told about the blessings as you will be asked for a donation that could set you back a few dollars so give what you feel you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

If only you are capable of handling such views you should definitely see it for yourself. I won't write about it as it was reviewed many times by other travellers. What I would like you to understand, however, is that no tourist will be allowed to walk close to the burning place and if you feel you just got "lucky"... More

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This place is neat and lot of rituals are going on for the dead and fore parents. River ganga is in her full majesty and had a nice bath. One has to be careful with their belongings and toots.

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