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Manikarnika Ghat

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Address: Ghasi Tola Road, Varanasi 221001, India
Phone Number: 9616070706
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Moksha Sthal

as per the ancient sayings this is place after visit you will get moksha. i visit place in night. Extremely different experience.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

as per the ancient sayings this is place after visit you will get moksha. i visit place in night. Extremely different experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Manikarma for many tourists is just an exiting Place to see corps, dead bodies in veils. That too, but most of all it is the Place where most of Indians wish to move to the "other side". At the same time there are 3 - 9 fires with bodies to be burned, burning, only the small rest of the burned... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Manikarnika ghat is Varanasi’s main cremation site. Hundred of cremations happen every day, 24 hours a day. You can walk and see the rituals and cremations for free and see the cremations from a boat. Beware of scammers who might ask money for taking photographs or for money for wood.

Thank pskale
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the Ghat that everyone should see from a distance at least. To watch the burning of bodies in front of your eyes puts everyone's little problems into perspective.

Thank 12RB1
Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very solemn place, where hundred of cremations happen every day, 24 hours a day. For non-Indians it's very impressive as the cremation of the deceased happen in public, close to the sacred Ganga River. It's strong to see, bu it's part of their culture, and it's fascinating to see. Tips: - Forbidden to take pictures - Some... More 

Thank Jack F
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I viewed the Manikarnika Ghat from a small boat whilst visiting Varanasi during a tour of northern India. We were on a boat trip with the prime objective of seeing the Ganga Aarti ceremony. The ghat is Varanasi’s pre-eminent cremation site - one of two on the River Ganges in the city. The taking of photographs here... More 

Thank Richard_Harpum
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a view although you will probably be accosted by people wanting donations. It is very salutary watching open cremations and contemplating one's own immortality.

Thank Safariwoman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we walked down to the ghat and met the man who has been in charge of the ghat for years.He took us up to the first floor of a building there ,and we could look right down on the cremations taking place, he explained all about the rituals that the families of the deceased have to undertake, and also of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We managed to see the burning of the bodies and also some rituals (shower and drying of the bodies) during our night boat ride. It was an amazing experience, something that you'd treasure for life.

Thank Amira N
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the bank of Ganges. There is general belief that cremating the body on this ghat leads person to moksha. There is huge rush for cremation and the space appears to be small. Plus cleanliness is the issue. Approach is also very narrow and through the small lanes. One may better see this ghat through boat while sailing in... More 

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