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Manikarnika Ghat

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Address: Varanasi, India
Phone Number: 9616070706
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Special Ghat

I think that this ghat is very special as you can see the last rites being performed by the Hindus for their loved ones.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Anil R
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Noida, India
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Pune, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This ghat is not a place of fun and chill.... on the contrary here people bring their dead relatives to bury and give them last send off. This ghat and the Ganges river are famous for saying that to one goes to heaven if he/she dies in Varanasi and buried besides Ganges as per Hindu scriptures.

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Noida, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I think that this ghat is very special as you can see the last rites being performed by the Hindus for their loved ones.

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Thank Anil R
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a very strange place when life and death live together in a dark harmony. Dead people is carried quickly to this place to bargain with the "manager girl", who is in charge of the place for generations, the price of the cremation... After that they throw the bodies into a fire mixed with other bodies at the same time.... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Today I had been here trying to explore. Could not do much as water level is currently too high. It is a strange feeling as you can see human body being burned to ashes. Reverberations of chanting makes you feel slightly awful.

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Hyderabad, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the lanes to this manikarna ghat is as terrible as you can expect. dumps everywhere.. thin lanes.. upon which the humid sultry climate irritates you more. Hindu cremation does take place here just beside the holy river ganges. 10-15 bodies being burnt at a time and then reloaded with the dead bodies again. the dead bodies are being brought from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its a special place..thats for sure..especially during the night time!! Sometimes you have a nice chat there..or a very great view..but no pictures!!! Locals get realy mad if you try to make a picture!! Between all the busy streets..its one of the most quiet place!!

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Toulouse
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a very strange atmosphere there. Death mixes with business and tourism and the hope for nirvana. Corpses pass by, dipped in the Ganges then burned, families chat while waiting, cows and goats are in the middle of all of this. One of the strangest places I have been to. Death is not sad. It is definitely a must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A bit scary place, where you see death very close. But, in fact, it doesn't scare at all. Tried to be respectful, wasn't there for long. No pictures taken

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the ghat of varanasi which is famous for cremation and obituary traditions. The people believe that if one is brought to this place during his last journey goes away with his sins pardoned and soul rest in peace.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As one of the main Ghats in Varanasi it is definitely worth a visit. It is a very spiritual place but also very busy and warm! Many people are extremely friendly and welcoming to their ceremonies which makes the experience enjoyable and interesting. Definitely something I've never seen before and probably never will again! However, don't be fooled by people... More 

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