A few months back, we had been to Varanasi. After a customary visit to the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the other well known temples we went for a boat ride on the Ganga which took us through the ghats of Varanasi. The boat ride is an experience you can never forget in this lifetime, not because of any scenic views, but because it brings you closer to life and death, here you see them exist together. Most of the ghats are bathing ghats and are teeming with spiritual activities, people bathing, offering prayers and offerings while a couple of them are cremation sites. We boarded the boat from Dashashwamedha ghat which took us around the ghats till the famous Harishchandra Ghat (a cremation ghat) and back. The boatman was a chatty fellow who gave us lot of information about the history of these ghats. Most of them were built by rulers of different states at some point of time. Today as you pass by them in a boat you cannot help wondering what events these ghats have been witness to standing here for years, watching the river flow by in one of the worlds oldest inhabited city.
Leaving you with some pictures.