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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 Rs11,920
BrijRama Palace - A Heritage Hotel

BrijRama Palace - A Heritage Hotel

Munshi Ghat, Near Dashaswamedh, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
     
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dasaswamedh ghat and Hanuman Ghat. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Asi Ghat are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Hotel Alka Rs808
    Hotel Alka

    Hotel Alka

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

      Located in the heart of Varanasi, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple and Dasaswamedh ghat. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.

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      Palace on steps

      Palace on steps

      Rana Mahal Ghat, Banagali Tola, Near Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
         
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Situated on the riverfront, this historic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dasaswamedh ghat and Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Asi Ghat and Durga Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Guleria Kothi Rs5,375
        Guleria Kothi

        Guleria Kothi

        Near Manikarnika Ghat, Garawasitola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
           
          4.5 out of 5.0

          Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Vishwanatha Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Dasaswamedh ghat. Marnikanika Ghat and Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple are also within 15 minutes.

          Ganges Inn Rs1,367
          Ganges Inn

          Ganges Inn

          D20/10,Munshi Ghat, Bengali Tola, (Behind Darbhanga Palace), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
             
            2.5 out of 5.0

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

            Dwivedi Hotels Sri Omkar Palace Rs3,717
            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

              Situated in Varanasi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dasaswamedh ghat and Harishchandra Ghat. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Asi Ghat are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Somit Paying Guest House Rs495
              Somit Paying Guest House

              Somit Paying Guest House

              D 32/162, Devnathpura, bengali tola, near golden sporting club, Varanasi, Uttarpradesh
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Varanasi guesthouse is located on the riverfront, 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.

                Hotel Sita(place on heritage ghats of benaras) Rs2,200
                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

                  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 1 mile (2 km).