There is a popular saying in hindi:
"Main ishq likhu, tum Banaras samajhna."
The most literal translation to this would be "If you write love, I will understand that to be Banaras." Indeed, this place evokes a myriad emotions, some of which cannot really be put into words unless you visit the city. Varanasi is known for its ghats and while there are 88 of them, not all of them are famous. A place filled with so much history and culture can overwhelm someone who is visiting for the first time. I have, therefore, made a list of ghats that you HAVE to go to when in Varanasi. All these ghats are listed in the order of it being from south to north. So, put on your walking shoes and read on!
1. Assi Ghat
Assi ghat is the southern-most ghat and also among one of the most happening ghats around. The early morning Ganga Aarti is something that would be a perfect start to your day. It starts at the crack of dawn and is a wonder to watch as the sun rises in the east. It is not as crowded as the Evening Aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat (coming to that in a moment), and you can enjoy all the morning activities in peace. There is also community yoga and classical music concerts happening on a regular basis.