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“Quieter ghat”
Review of Chaumsathi Ghat

Chaumsathi Ghat
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Chaumsathi is one of the quieter ghats along the Ganges. From the river you can spot it by its bright red and white striped stairway. Today the Sitarama Omkara Das Kashi Ashram is located here. Its a major bathing place for pilgrims. The King of Udaipur renovated the ghat in the late 1500's. It once provided shelter for a Sanskrit scholar. There isn't a lot to see today.

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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Varanasi is symbolized by its Ghats, with as many as 81 for different purposes. Some of them are related to particular deity while others are simply to bathe. Varanasi, its Ghats and Mother Ganga, the holy river of the Holy city, cannot be described in words.

Although you are not a religious person, it is almost impossible not to get involved in the city’s mysticism, spirituality and atmosphere.

Indeed, the Ganges may not look as the most inviting river – as a previous review claims. However, it is impossible to leave the place untouched.

A very moving experience! To be lived once in a lifetime at least! Spectacular to the Western eye!

4  Thank Betty P
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

It was a wonderful experience to see the worship ceremony at sunset. The Ghat (forgot the name may be dameshar) offers a splendid view of the River front.

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Reviewed 14 August 2012

We went to the waterfront by bicycle rickshaw which costs about 100 rupees from our hotel. It is through the town to the waterfront, and along the way you use all your senses and just try and take it all in. One of the most interesting things that you have to do while you are in the oldest religious city of India is to go on the waterfront in a canoe in the evening and have them take you to the cremation area on the Ganga. You can take pictures at a distance, but as you get closer, photos are not allowed out of respect for the family and the deceased. The deceased person is covered on a stretcher, and is brought to the river's edge and dip the person into the Ganga. There are 5 pits going where the cremation begins and lasts for 8-9 hours. The family members are there and gather the ashes when the cremation is done. This happens 24 hours a day, every single day of the year. Apart from the cremation along the waterfront, there is usually a program going on where performers come out in song and dance and this is to thank the Ganga for all that it provides for the people. You can also purchase a candle surrounded by flowers which you light, make a wish, and then let go/float on the river. The next morning I would recommend going back to the Ganga, rent a canoe, and there you find how people use the Ganga. They do their laundry, and you can see large pieces of colorful cloth being dried on the steps, they bathe......even saw a woman bathe with her head covering on! They fish, and there are people selling souvenirs in the canoe while on the Ganga. Have them drop you off by the steps, climb and you can take a walk thru the narrow passageways in town.

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Reviewed 19 July 2012

what can one say? The Ganges may not look the most inviting river, but the whole atmosphere of The Ghats, the river and the general atmosphere is without compare as a holy city.

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