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Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFriends, Families, Solo, Couples
Rank6 out of 84 attractions in Varanasi
This is a beautiful ghat on the southernmost region of Varanasi and is often the most popular among forest tourists, especially students. People make it a must point to take a dip here before they seek the blessings from the Shivalinga under the ancient peepal tree just on the banks of the river ghat. There is also the Asisangameshvar Temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva again. The name of this temple is such because it is situated on the confluence point of the Assi. A little distance from the temples there are twin tanks out of which the more popular has always been the Lorkar Tank which is unfortunately almost abandoned now. People however come and bath here during the Lorkar Fair when they seek blessings from the lord mainly for a male child. Another significance of this place is that this is said to be once of the places from where the Hindu religion originated.
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I have read that in kashi "lizards don’t make sound, cows don’t hit ,flowers don’t have smell and dead bodies won’t smell while burning." I can vouch for all the above except flowers don't smell.There are totally 88 ghats around Varanasi.Each one has its own story, few are cursed and few are celebrated.When Parvati died, different parts of her body flung to different places in India.Her earrings fell in the present day Manikarnika ghat.One of the brahmin member kept this earring.When Shiva found out this he cursed the family and decreed that they will become the lowest of the untouchables.This is the story of Dom Raja,the descendants still doing the job of burning the bodies and living the life of untouchables.
I reached Assi ghat in 2 hours from Dashashwamegh ghat. It was an amazing experience in itself to walk through all the ghats it makes me so peaceful mentally.I sat quietly on the Assi ghat watching the Ganges river and people relaxing, talking in Assi ghat.
Stop 10: Assi ghatThe day ended with a traditional Banarasi wedding ceremony by the Assi ghat for my friend and his lovely fiancée. This brings an end to my unusually long write up on a pretty short trip. I wanted to share the stories that I heard along the way from various locals - the kind that you can't really Google. This ancient city is struggling so hard to retain tradition while the youth wants to live the modern, urban life. The streets are too narrow for vehicles but rife with life - cows in the Hindu area, goats in the Muslim area, dogs and children running in the streets. Every couple of steps, we were pressed against the walls by a two wheeler honking its way through. I was chased by a cow and my wife bumped into one that stomped her foot. The Hindu guide told us how they stayed away from the Muslims because they are non vegetarian but normal life runs quite smoothly with mosques and temples on the same compound. The God men look like crooks, as do the security forces. The streets are filthy but the spirit is purified here. The people aren't afraid of dying but the signs say 'Beware of pickpockets'. This is the most intense two days I've ever spent in a city. The incongruity in its existence is at the same time refreshing and exhausting. I may never return but at least I understand a little better why some people never leave.
AUM CAFEA must visit cafe, on the Assi Ghat, run by a beautiful old lady, probably from UK, who made bananas her home. They serve mouth watering pastas, pizzas and burgers, keeping health in mind, food prepared is low fat, light, a must visit.
Assi Ghat: - Ghat where Asi river merges with Ganges river.Harishchandra Ghat: - It is named after King Harish Chandra who is known for his truthfulness and charity. Dead bodies are cremated over here.
This pic was taken during Ganga Aarti at Assi Ghat in Varanasi. Words cannot express the feeling when the chants and rituals just mesmerize you. You are just taken to a different world or realm. Go visit and feel it.
It takes a good 15 minutes to reach Assi Ghat on foot from the gate of BHU. Caked in dust but full of pride upon reaching successfully after asking the way every 5 minutes called for some treat. Heading to Pizzeria, an alfresco restaurant on the ghat, she orders late lunch which comprises of pizza and vanilla shake. And what a meal it is! Looking up from her plate she would meet with the stunning sight of the water and boats anchored on the ghat. She hardly knows how those two hours pass without a moment of boredom. It were the most tranquil time she'd spent lately. When the biggest surprise comes to her in the form of Ganga Aarti- it is sublime, and evokes feelings she hadn't felt before.
We ended our day one by sitting at the Assi ghat around sunset. This ghat was less crowded and gave a spectacular view of the Ganga. The swaying boats, little children playing around, pandits making preparation for the evening Aarti and some people just sitting in peace, watching the sunset shades on the waters of Ganga. I witnessed the evening Ganga aarti here. Words fall less to describe the feelings a human goes through while watching it. The chants, lights, energy and vibes changes something in you which is inexplicable. It surely killed all the tiredness of the day!
For the affluent.
Here, you can hire a boat and see the confluence of Assi with Ganga rivers.
You may seat by the river have some light spicy snacks, offer to Goddess Ganga or go boating on a clearing day. Assi ghat is a world in itself. Take a boat ride from assi ghat to the other end of the stretch and relate to the cycle of life.
Assi Ghat is the southernmost ghat in Varanasi. To most visitors to Varanasi, it is known for being a place where long-term foreign students, researchers, and tourists live. Assi Ghat is one of ghats often visited for recreation and during festivals. On typical days about 300 people visit every hour in the mornings, and on festival days 2500 people arrive per hour. The ghat accommodates about 22,500 people at once during festivals like Shivratri.