Ghats in Varanasi are riverfront steps leading to the banks of the River Ganges. The city has 88 ghats. Most of the ghats are bathing and puja ceremony ghats, while two ghats are used exclusively as cremation sites.
Most Varanasi ghats were rebuilt after 1700 AD, when the city was part of Maratha Empire. The patrons of current ghats are Marathas, Shindes (Scindias), Holkars, Bhonsles, and Peshwes (Peshwas). Many ghats are associated with legends or mythologies while many ghats are privately owned. Morning boat ride on the Ganges across the ghats is a popular visitors attraction.
The ghats as named and counted by the city of Varanasi with supplementing links, listed in ascending order according to their location (from Assi Ghat to Adi Keshawa Ghat):
Part 1: from Assi Ghat to Prayag Ghat (1–41)No. Name Picture 1 Assi Ghat 2 Ganga Mahal Ghat (I) 3 Rewan (Reewa) Ghat 4 Tulsi Ghat 5 Bhadaini Ghat 6 Janaki Ghat 7 Mata Anandamai 8 Vaccharaja Ghat 9 Jain Ghat 10 Nishad Ghat 11 Prabhu Ghat 12 Panchkota Ghat 13 Chet Singh Ghat 14 Niranjani Ghat 15 Mahanirvani Ghat not available 16 Shivala Ghat 17 Gularia Ghat 18 Dandi Ghat not available 19 Hanuman Ghat not available 20 Prachina (Old) Hanumanana Ghat 21 Karnataka Ghat 22 Harish Chandra Ghat 23 Lali Ghat 24 Vijayanagaram Ghat 25 Kedar Ghat 26 Caowki (Chauki) Ghat 27 Ksemesvara / Somesvara Ghat 28 Mansarovar Ghat 29 Narad Ghat 30 Raja Ghat rebuilt by Amrut Rao Peshwa 31 Khori Ghat not available 32 Pandey Ghat 33 Sarvesvara Ghat not available 34 Digpatia Ghat 35 Causatthi Ghat 36 Rana Mahal Ghat 37 Darbhanga Ghat 38 Munshi...