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Dasaswamedh Ghat

Observe sadhus conducting rituals, pilgrims bathing in holy water and priests performing the enthralling Ganga aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River.

Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of Varanasi’s most revered religious sites, a set of terraced steps facing the Ganges River. With bathing pilgrims, flower sellers and religious ceremonies, it’s a place to experience the true essence of Varanasi’s sacred traditions. Present-day Dasaswamedh Ghat dates back to 1748. According to an ancient legend, Lord Brahma sacrificed 10 horses here during a Dasa (ten) Ashwamedha (horse sacrifice) ceremony.

Sit on the steps and relax for a moment to absorb the ghat’s mystical atmosphere. See pilgrims cleansing themselves in the Ganges River’s holy water and families releasing the ashes of loved ones. Watch hawkers peddling flowers and sadhus (holy men) with brightly painted faces executing religious rituals. Come at sunrise to marvel as the sun casts a magical light over the river and devotees arrive for morning puja (prayer).

A highlight of Dasaswamedh Ghat is the chance to attend the Ganga aarti, an extravagant river worship ceremony held after sunset. Young pandits (scholars) dressed in saffron-color robes gracefully wave incense and candlelit brass lamps in unison while chanting hymns. Afterward, devotees send thousands of flickering lamps floating into the river, illuminating the night sky. Appreciate the event from a boat, providing panoramic views of the riverfront and hordes of pilgrims.

While here, take a boat tour along the river. Spot people washing clothes, practicing yoga, playing cricket and laying offerings as you glide past Varanasi’s multitude of ghats. Watch for grand temples and havelis, herders washing buffalo and kids diving off the boardwalks. During periods of low water levels it’s possible to walk between many of the ghats.

Dasaswamedh Ghat sits on the waterfront of Varanasi’s Old City, just a 10-minute walk from the bustling shopping district of Godowlia Chowk. Nearby attractions include the Shri Kashi Vishwanth Temple and Man Mahal and Observatory.

The ghat is a constant hive of activity which presents excellent people-watching and photography opportunities throughout the day. The busiest times are during the morning and evening prayer ceremonies. Remember to be respectful of worshippers when taking photographs.


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BrijRama Palace - A Heritage Hotel Rs12,350
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Munshi Ghat, Near Dashaswamedh, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dasaswamedh ghat and Hanuman Ghat. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Asi Ghat are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Hotel Sita(place on heritage ghats of benaras) Rs2,000
    Hotel Sita(place on heritage ghats of benaras)

    Hotel Sita(place on heritage ghats of benaras)

    22/16 Chausatthi Ghat (RANA GHAT), Near Dashaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dasaswamedh ghat and Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple and Vishwanatha Temple are also within 10 minutes.

      Dwivedi Hotels Sri Omkar Palace Rs5,310
      Dwivedi Hotels Sri Omkar Palace

      Dwivedi Hotels Sri Omkar Palace

      D21/10 Chausatthi Ghat, Near Dashaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dasaswamedh ghat and Harishchandra Ghat. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Asi Ghat are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Hotel Alka Rs750
        Hotel Alka

        Hotel Alka

        D3/23, Meer Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Varanasi, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple and Dasaswamedh ghat. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Marnikanika Ghat are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Ganga Darshanam Guest House Rs1,600
          Ganga Darshanam Guest House

          Ganga Darshanam Guest House

          Bawan No. D-17/76, Bangali Tali, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Varanasi, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Dasaswamedh ghat and Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple and Vishwanatha Temple are also within 10 minutes.

            Hotel MRK Rs1,400
            Hotel MRK

            Hotel MRK

            D17/136,137A,Dashashwamedh Ghat Rd, Near Dashaswmedh Ghat,Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Varanasi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and Dasaswamedh ghat. Vishalakshi Temple and Vishwanatha Temple are also within 10 minutes.

              Dwivedi Hotels Hotel Elena Rs2,016
              Dwivedi Hotels Hotel Elena

              Dwivedi Hotels Hotel Elena

              D21/17 Ranamahal Ghat, Bangali Tola, Varanasi
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Varanasi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dasaswamedh ghat and Hanuman Ghat. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Tulsi Ghat are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                OYO 15530 Hotel G S Residency Rs1,980
                OYO 15530 Hotel G S Residency

                OYO 15530 Hotel G S Residency

                Dashashwamedh Road, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Varanasi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and Dasaswamedh ghat. Vishwanatha Temple and Harishchandra Ghat are also within 15 minutes.