This particular ghat is believed to be the oldest one in the city and is hence considered special. If you have seen video footage of people bathing in Ganga and praying with diyas in their hands on the banks of a river, odds are that it was this ghat you saw. It is often abuzz because of the hordes of people who flock to it to wash away their sins and pray. Ascetics, Hindu devotees and tourists alike all alight on the banks of the Ganga at Dashashwamedh Ghat daily. Being such an important landmark and host to the famous Ganga Aarti, it is a must-visit on any trip to Varanasi!

  • Aarti Timings: 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM (summers); 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM (winters)
  • Best for: It is among the most popular places to visit in Banaras.
  • Time required: 3-4 hours
  • Tip: Hire a boat to get the best view of the Aarti.
  • Nearby Attractions: Assi Ghat, Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhamek Stupa, Manmandir Ghat, Ramnagar Fort, Manikarnika Ghat
  • Nearby Restaurants: Megu Cafe, Mona Lisa Cafe, The Keshari Restaurant, Blue Lassi, Lucy’s Cafe, Nice Restaurant, Brown Bread Bakery
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Dashashwamedh Ghat
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