Manikarnika Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat
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  • Primal Survivor
    India310 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Last rites
    Visited in 2017 when varanasi was still trying to be less chaotic , less crowded and even less dirty. Heard the administration has changed a lot in matters of upkeep. Ganga arti is a must. Take a boat ride not the polluting steamer (if they still operate i hope not) Its lesson in mythology and one must go through the process atleast once. Don't tip / pay Connecting with faith doesn't need money !
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • RYCP71
    The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dead good, must see
    Varinasi is the most amazing ancient city. There's many wonderful Ghats (the steps leading down to the Ganges), though this one is one of the most memorable. See the bodies being bought continually down to the river, dipped then laid onto a funeral pyre and set alight from the feet, slowly buring over the next couple of hours to take the whole body. Usually you can hear the load bank of the stomach or the head exploding; however all this happens with a sense of total calmness and organisation with no tears and most usually no smell of a summer BBQ anywhere around the area. Brings death to mind and the importance of enjoying the short time we have
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Laurie P
    Princeton, New Jersey38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very real
    Absolutely amazing. Not for the squeamish as this is very, very real. Bring a mask (though you'll still be breathing everybody in). A firm, repeated, polite 'no thank you' to those that approach saying they are volunteers at the hospice or ghat worked for us.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 February 2024
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guptaarun
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Manikarnika ghat on the banks of Holiest river Ganga offers cremation facilities to the departed people, people from even distant places come here to creamate their departed relatives so that they get a seat in heaven
Written 25 March 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
My guide was explaining to me the various ghats as we passed them along.
This is where the dead are cremated, burning takes about 4 hours, using more than 300 kilos of woods. The ashes are thrown at the Ganges River for reincarnation reasons.

Initially, I was planning to get off the boat and walk around this area. Last minute, I changed my mind , felling like I was “tresspassing” this place. Said a silent prayer for the dead here.
Written 19 March 2024
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Laurie P
Princeton, NJ38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Absolutely amazing. Not for the squeamish as this is very, very real. Bring a mask (though you'll still be breathing everybody in).

A firm, repeated, polite 'no thank you' to those that approach saying they are volunteers at the hospice or ghat worked for us.
Written 8 February 2024
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RYCP71
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Varinasi is the most amazing ancient city. There's many wonderful Ghats (the steps leading down to the Ganges), though this one is one of the most memorable.
See the bodies being bought continually down to the river, dipped then laid onto a funeral pyre and set alight from the feet, slowly buring over the next couple of hours to take the whole body. Usually you can hear the load bank of the stomach or the head exploding; however all this happens with a sense of total calmness and organisation with no tears and most usually no smell of a summer BBQ anywhere around the area.

Brings death to mind and the importance of enjoying the short time we have
Written 30 January 2024
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Primal Survivor
India310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Visited in 2017 when varanasi was still trying to be less chaotic , less crowded and even less dirty.
Heard the administration has changed a lot in matters of upkeep.
Ganga arti is a must. Take a boat ride not the polluting steamer (if they still operate i hope not)
Its lesson in mythology and one must go through the process atleast once.
Don't tip / pay
Connecting with faith doesn't need money !
Written 21 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Erik Madson
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Lots of scammers posing as cremation ground employees. As a foreigner it was difficult just to approach and get a view of the cremation grounds, let alone meditate. Not a peaceful place at all. Extremely disappointing experience.
Written 9 April 2023
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Dennis P
Melbourne, Australia2,113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
What a fascinating ghat this is.
On the sactred Ganges river this is the most revered spot for a cremation in the hyundu faith.
The body of the deceased is carried down through the small alleys and placed in the Ganges for purification. While this is being done the chief mourner and family construct a pyre. AQftyer about 20 monutes the body is recoved from the Ganges and the gold wrappings removed leaving just a simply white linenm wrapping.

The body is then placed on the pyre and more ogs placed on top of the body.
The chief mourner then ignites the pyre and leaves as the remainder of the ceremony is the responsibility of the funeral director.

Tye cremantion lasts about 2 hours.

There is little in the way of mourning as in this religion death is just a beginning before reincarnation. In the respect it is a celebration, crying is generally not seen, however, just to be sure women are disuaded from attending in case they cry

The whole ghat is given over to the cremation ceremony with numeroius cremations going on at the same time

It is great to have this understanding.

Tourists are not allowed on the ghat but can view from about 300 metres away, or from boats being rowed on the Ganges
Written 27 March 2023
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seema60
Toronto, Canada947 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
The Manikarnika ghat is just next to the Kashi Vishwanath corridor. Bodies are burnt there 24/7 and there is an eternal flame. There is a belief that if you die in Kashi and get your remains thrown into the Ganga, you will not be reborn. Hence many people believe it’s very auspicious to die in Varanasi. It’s a very sad sight to see.
Written 25 January 2023
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Petra W
23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The river is really high at the moment so there is only a small area for the cremations.

It took me an hour to find this place on the crazy busy road and then I was hassled by two men telling me BS stories trying to get me to make a 'donation'. Fortunately I've been in India for a while and recognise scams.

The place is hot, dirty, busy, smoky and all together unpleasant. Bodies come regularly to be cremated and that's about it. I didn't feel safe there as a solo female.

There are other ghats where you can observe this funeral process that is less busy. Ask the locals. I would not recommend this ghat.
Written 8 November 2022
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Sudha2410
Visakhapatnam, India492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Manikarnika ghat is an experience. Seeing the burning pyres brings you the detachment. Just there you see temples, making you thoughtful of how life and death are so close to one another. The temples are ancient. There is also an ancient Durga temple above, but I don't know whether pooja is done regularly.
Going to the ghat from the road is not convenient. If possible go from another ghat by boat and leave on the same boat.
Written 10 October 2022
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