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  • Address: Ghasi Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India

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Manikarnika Ghat Tours

Manikarnika Ghat is one of the oldest and most sacred ghats in Varanasi. It is the main cremation ghat in the area, with the bodies of devout Hindus being burned here before their ashes are carried away by the holy waters of the Ganges. 

Hindu mythology links this ghat with Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It’s said that those cremated here will attain moksha (salvation). Bodies are brought to Manikarnika Ghat via a stretcher made from bamboo and covered in red cloth, before being consigned to flames amid prayers that their souls rest in peace for eternity.

There is a sacred well at the ghat called the Manikarnika Kund, which is said to have been dug by Lord Vishnu at the time of creation. Lord Vishnu was said to have meditated for many years at the ghat, and it’s believed that his charana paduka (footprints) can be seen here in a circular marble slab. Manikarnika Ghat is also famous for the temple of the Lord Shiva and Mata Durga, which was built here in the mid-1800s.

Practical Info

Along with the other ghats of Varanasi, the best way to reach Manikarnika Ghat is by rickshaw or by taking a boat-ride along the river.

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3-Hour Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat Tour, Varanasi, null
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3-Hour Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat Tour

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Boating down the Ganges River during sunrise is one of the main attractions in Varanasi. We can observe here the Hindu way of life along the banks of the ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Sunrise Ganges Cruise and Classical Dance Show, Varanasi, Day Trips
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Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Sunrise Ganges Cruise and Classical Dance Show

During this 14-hour tour of the 5,000-year-old city of Varanasi, you'll take a dawn cruise on the sacred River Ganges, visit Sarnath where the Lord Buddha got ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $295.00
Insight Varanasi Day Tour, Varanasi, Day Trips
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Insight Varanasi Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Do you believe that one's sins can be absolved by taking a dip in the holy Ganges in Varanasi? Local people believe that Varanasi is the place where liberates ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Varanasi including the Golden Temple, Varanasi, Full-day Tours
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Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Varanasi including the Golden Temple

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This is a 3 hour walking tour of the ancient city of Varanasi which showcases the best of this iconic destination. Walking around the Golden Temple area is ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast, Varanasi, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Varanasi Boat Ride and Ancient Temples Day Tour with Breakfast

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Explore a land of literature, aesthetic, art and spirituality, Varanasi on this 5-hour early morning tour. Enjoy a sunrise boat ride, followed by traditional ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride, Varanasi, Day Trips
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Private 5-Hour Varanasi Tour at Dawn Including Boat Ride

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Your guide will pick you up at your Varanasi hotel at 5am. Your 5-hour private morning tour of Varanasi offers a close look at some of the most sacred ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.00
3-Hour Varanasi Walking Tour, Varanasi, Cultural Tours
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3-Hour Varanasi Walking Tour

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Beautiful temples, shrines, monasteries, old buildings, cultural and religious diversity, major old markets, and many more are found on the narrow and puzzled ...  Read more

Location: Varanasi, India
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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