One of the lesser-known ghats of Varanasi, the bank was christened in the memory of the Muslim commander, Meer Rustam Ali. Home to the religious sites of Jarasandhesvara and Vrdhaditya, pilgrims can be seen every morning, throwing fistfuls of flowers and raw rice into the Ganges. At the site of Vrdhaditya, shrines of Asa Vinayaka and Yajna Varahaand Visalaksi can be found. A sacred well, encircled by five temples, and a structure representing the Divodasesvara lingam are located at the site of Dharmakupa. Interestingly, Swami Karapatri, a conservative Brahmin and cult-chief, believed that due to the presence of people from the lower castes, the ghat's Visvesvara temple was rendered 'impure'. And hence, in 1956, he established the 'New Visvesvara Temple', that today sits on the very top of the ghat.
Top things to see and do: Head to the Varanasi Cafe & Bakery, for a hearty breakfast; visit the ancient Batuk Bhairav Mandir; for a glimpse into Varanasi's Buddhist connection, visit the soaring Statue of Standing Buddha; visit the sandstone structure of the Ramnagar Fort, dating back to 1750, and marvel at its Mughal architecture.
Where to stay: Hotel Alka and A Palace on River. For more options, check here.