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Address: Varanasi, India
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Each ghat is a little different and some are more interesting than others but take the time to view them from the river if you can.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Berlin, Germany
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting place. I was there many times. Have a chai and watch. You will See many things. Children are playing colecting wood. Dogs cows people How talk.

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Haifa, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this ghat 3 times in one week and would have come again if I had the time I guess you must have a strong stomach to watch cremation of dead people but the atmosphere, the detailed explanations by one of the locals (hrs of course wanted a donation in eturn-be prepared to pay...) about the symbolism of the ceremony,... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived early so we could experience some of the activity around the Ganges before boarding a private boat on the Ganges. We spent some time on Dashaswamedh, the entrance Ghat (stairs leading to the Ganges River), watching the people gather and the merchants on the ghats selling flowers for placing in the Ganges. There were many vendors selling bottles... More 

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New York City, New York
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309 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Each ghat is a little different and some are more interesting than others but take the time to view them from the river if you can.

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Thank AnAnthropologist
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It's not a place to hangout rather to mourn the bodies lying around to be burnt. Anyone around is not in a state of mind because one of their family member has passed away. I have had tears to see the burning bodies and the smell flowing in the atmosphere will make you sick. I would not want to visit... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing tradion, so very well organised and an expensive activity for the family. A must see. we did dawn and sunset. over a thousand bodies a day. active 22 hrs. not for the faint hearted

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

if you want to see the burning pyres, and people and life carrying on in the midst of death, this is the place. It is a once i a lifetime experience.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This ghat is where all Hindu people are cremated. The atmosphere is intense. A guy explained to us - in a very good English - all the details about the cremation.

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Kolhapur, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The last rituals of burning of bodies goes on 24 hours, people say the fire goes on 24 hours and last rituals rituals are done continously sine 100 of years fire is continuously on as it is cursed by Lord Shiva

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Great Falls, MT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much can be gained viewing the Ghats on Varanasi. We make funerals such a spectacle but here it's just a celebration and the way they send their family off. So many funerals happening at once and the rituals are amazing. Learning about the chief mourner and watching how they treat life is an experience

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