Varanasi: The City Of Ghats

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Varanasi, the city that is full of chaos, narrow roads, old buildings, dirt and traffic. Have you ever wondered why it is one of the most visited places in India. Despite of all its shortcomings it has that one thing that everyone is craving for – “peace”.

Ghats Of Varanasi
PC: Apoorva Pandey Ghats Of Varanasi

This “city of ghats” makes you feel included, vulnerable, ordinary and at the same time, human. Its hard to describe those feelings into words. If you want to experience these feelings, walk away from the crowded space, sit on the stairs and look across the river.

Observe the people passing by, the colorful boats, the rising moon across the river and let everything sink into you. Let your mind wander, roam around the narrow lanes, as you know Banaras is famous for its gali’s(alleyways). Roaming in them is like travelling through stories. The walls that look fragile now, have been holding the memories of past from centuries.

Banaras ki gali
Walls that have stood the test of time

One of the unique things about the city is that, it makes you comfortable with the thought of death. Death may be the end of life but, it doesn’t feel scary here.
Varanasi has a very thin contrast between chaos and peace. It may not be very aesthetic or beautiful but it is very much serene. It is like an old soul that knows how to comfort a restless mind.

Chet Singh Ghat
Chet Singh Ghat

Ghats Of Varanasi:

There are total 88 ghats in Benaras. Out of which Assi Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat and Harishchandra Ghat are the most popular. First two celebrate the life and the last two celebrate the death. It is where the darker side of human life sees the light of the day.

PC: Apoorva Pandey Ghats of Varanasi

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