India: Bathing and cremation ghats

Varanasi has nearly 100 ghats, steps leading to the banks of River Ganges. Many of the ghats were built when the city was under Maratha control. Marathas, Shindes (Scindias), Holkars, Bhonsles, and Peshwes (Peshwas) stand out as patrons of present-day Varanasi. Most of the ghats are bathing ghats, while others are used as cremation sites. Many ghats are associated with legends or mythologies while many ghats are privately owned. The former Kashi Naresh owns Shivala or Kali ghat. Morning boat ride on the Ganges across the ghats is a popular visitors attraction. (Thanks to Wikipedia)

David took these photos, as I wasn’t feeling well that morning.

8 Responses to “India: Bathing and cremation ghats”

  1. Christine Says:

    Very interesting, never heard of a Ghat. Nice photos too.

  2. Arti Says:

    Nothing seems to have changed in Varanasi. I so want to visit again… Thanks David for the captures 🙂

  3. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Fascinating subject. I have read the river is polluted now, so just as well you were in a boat. Sorry to hear you are still not well. Dianne

  4. L...w Says:

    Unclean water and sanitation is difficult to ignore. Kudos to the tour company for keeping everyone safe with precautions.

  5. DrumMajor Says:

    That’s a lot of steps and a lot of boats. Shallow parts of the water seem a bit clear. What is the status of the water? DrumMajor

  6. Henry Hank Chapin Says:

    The amazing abundance of human life in India is very impressive.

  7. kavitasahariaavita saharia Says:

    You had loads of fun . I am so glad.

  8. Grannymar Says:

    The ghats seem Fascinating, but I would not fancy getting in the water.

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