• State: India
  • Category: Play
  • Date: June 16, 2017

Ghat hopping in Varanasi

By Andy Dubois

Full of life, Varanasi has over 84 ghats. Each one has a unique personality, attracting tourists and residents alike. The city offers an ocean of possibilities to people in search of nirvana- the ultimate liberation. No visitor can ignore the special energy of the Holy City.  There is something in the air that will make you question your beliefs regarding birth and death.

Our highlight of the Mama Ganga was wandering through the buzzing crowd gathered for the ceremonies of the Dasaswamedh Ghat. Every night at dusk, the ghat transforms itself into a mystic scene where priests perform “Agni Pooja“- a ritual of fire to honour hindu gods and goddesses.

The true beauty of this ritual is found in the community it creates, bringing thousands of people together each night. Half of the spectators float in boats, while the other half gather around the priests. In this sacred atmosphere, people sing mantras, laugh and hold each other, celebrating love and light, birth and death.

As for the other ghats, we truly believe you need to experience them alone and unprepared. If you keep an open mind and try not to do too much research, you’ll be blown away by what you experience, especially when you reach the famous Manikarnika Ghat where cremation ceremonies take place.
Our most precious advice for Varanasi is to take it for what it is.

We recommend :: Get lost in the North end of the city.
Few visitors make it this far.