Assi Ghat Overview

Ranked 8 of 117 sightseeing in Varanasi

Assi Ghat is the southernmost Ghat in Varanasi, situated at the assemblage of Ganges and Assi rivers. The ghat is a sacred place as pilgrims offer prayers to a huge shivalingam placed under a peepal tree after bathing in the river.

Constituting the southern end of conventional city, Assi Ghat has numerous references in the early literature of the Hindus. Assi Ghat is mentioned in Agni purana, Matsya Purana, Padma Purana, Kurma Purana and Kashi Khanda. Legend also states that the famous Indian poet saint, Tulsi Das had written the popular epic the Ramcharitmanas on the banks of Assi Ghat.

Another famous linga worshipped at this ghat is Asisangameshwar linga, which represents the ‘lord of confluence of the Asi’. The idol of the lord is enshrined in a small marble temple situated near the Assi Ghat.

It is believed that Goddess Durga, after killing the asuras, Shumbha-Nishumbha, had thrown her sword at a place, which resulted in the origin of a huge stream, known as Assi River.

Assi Ghat is called as Assi Saimbeda Tirtha in Kashi Khand and is one of the five special ghats visited by pilgrims during the ritual route called Panchtirthi Yatra. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit this place during the months of Chaitya (March and April) and Magh (January and February). During solar or lunar eclipse, Probodhoni Ekadashi, Ganga Dussehra and Makar Shankranti, the place is visited by a large number of devotees and travellers.
 

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Reviews and Ratings

Suraj Kumar

Suraj Kumar5.0/5

40 reviews

Pure and blessed feeling. Must visit here.

When i reached there i feel very pure and blessed. There was lots of temple and fresh water of Ganga and yes ofcourse small boats was there too.. these all things make this ghat very special and memorable for everyone who came here.
  • Pure and blessed feeling. Must visit here.
  • Pure and blessed feeling. Must visit here.
  • Pure and blessed feeling. Must visit here.
  • Pure and blessed feeling. Must visit here.
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Amit Sinha

Amit Sinha5.0/5

23 reviews

Nice Ghat

Assi ghats at varanasi are THE MOST beautiful place one could witness. During the evenings, Ganga Arti will simply blow your mind. This place certainly provides so much of serenity that one is forced to introspect at times. Early mornings are a delight here, provides you with silence and relaxation. So much of things to do here, watching the localites take a dip in the Ganga and say "HAR HAR GANGE", Spa saloons, Boating ofcourse. A must visit.

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Sonal kapoor

Sonal kapoor4.3/5

1 review

Life, Karma and the Lemon Tea

Benaras. The name of the place is so full of ras. This place was on my bucket list even though my trekking to hills has transformed me from being a tourist to a traveller. Benaras has an earthy warm feeling about it, the bylanes, the boat ride, the ever so popular Ganga Aarti, yoga on the ghats and wind in my hair. Everything about my short trip was surreal. The place holds special importance for Hindus for the Kashi Vishwanath temple which is one of the twelve jyotirlingas. I stayed at Assi Ghat which is a cleaner and calmer ghats in Benaras. I reached there early morning and headed straight to the Ghat from.the railway station. Unfortunately I missed the early morning Aarti which is conducted at Assi Ghat and is quaint and soothing than the evening Aarti at Dashashwamesh Ghat which grabbed eyeballs and headlines during PM Modi's visit. The breeze was rhythmic and cool and people had gathered to do group yoga at the Ghat. The chants of Om echoed and turned my morning meditational. I couldn't help but sit down on the stairs and close my eyes. It is moments like these when we put our other four senses to a more effective use. The fragrance of agarbatti enchanted my olfactory senses, while my ears fell in love with rhythm of river flowing down. My skin welcomed the kiss of cool breeze. Oh wait! Did I forget to mention the vendors who were selling tea at the ghats? I had kulhar ( mud tea cup) filled with lemon masala tea. The best I have had in my life.What followed was a boat ride which came with negotiations for a good price. Luckily we got a Spanish couple who pooled in for the boat for a win win situation. The ride takes you across various Ghats. It's enchanting to see people start their day by offering prayers with colorful walls of the Ghats giving a bright background to some eager shutterbugs. The Ghats personify what life is. Dull yet Colorful, busy sometimes mindlessly, chaotic but stealing quiet moments, divided but tied together by a thread like the river. All these thoughts came to a stop as we reached a smokey black Ghat, Manikarna Ghat.The background sound changed to some eager sights of foreigners and laments and sighs of Indians follow as the boat reaches the masaan (cremation ground). The boat makes a U-turn from here and embarks a return journey to life! May be reminding us of our unfinished deeds, our unaccomplished desires and prompting us to find a meaning in a wandering life. May be find the 'ras' in an otherwise Bina-ras life. We returned to Assi Ghat and took another masala lemon tea to say cheers to the tangy, sweet ans spicy life.The entire boat ride from Assi Ghat and return is a joy.

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Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh5.0/5

15 reviews

Very heart touching place

Assi Ghat is the southernmost ghat in Varanasi. To most visitors to Varanasi, it is known for being a place where long-term foreign students, researchers, and tourists live. Assi Ghat is one of the ghats often visited for recreation and during festivals. On typical days about 300 people visit every hour in the mornings, and on festival days 2500 people arrive per hour. The ghat accommodates about 22,500 people at once during festivals likeShivratri.This place is very heart touching.Peaceful environment here give a lot of relaxation.Must Visit.This place looks beautiful during sunrise and sunset.Thank you.

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Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh5.0/5

15 reviews

Assi Ghat Varanasi

Assi Ghat is the southernmost ghat in Varanasi. To most visitors to Varanasi, it is known for being a place where long-term foreign students, researchers, and tourists live. Assi Ghat is one of the ghats often visited for recreation and during festivals. On typical days about 300 people visit every hour in the mornings, and on festival days 2500 people arrive per hour. The ghat accommodates about 22,500 people at once during festivals likeShivratri.This place is very heart touching.Peaceful environment here give a lot of relaxation.Must Visit.This place looks beautiful during sunrise and sunset.Thank you.

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Bipin vaidya Vaidya

Bipin vaidya Vaidya4.3/5

125 reviews

Assi Ghat, Varanasi

It is located centrally. PM Me. Modi performed Ganga aarti when he was elected as PM. It is neat and clean. There are 100 ghats in varanasi.This is one of them.Daily Ganga aarti is performed. at 4:30 in morning.It is tourist attRaction.Evening aarti is performed at Dashashwamedh ghat. Both are tourist attractions. Boatservice is available. Per boat for single person they are charging 100 rupees.
  • Assi Ghat, Varanasi
  • Assi Ghat, Varanasi
  • Assi Ghat, Varanasi
  • Assi Ghat, Varanasi
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Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh4.3/5

12 reviews

Must visit if you are in Assi Ghat

very nice place for peace,spiritual activity is gud,overall its a best place if u r in Varanasi as sightseeing,u will get to see the pure ganga maa river.U don't have to carry any food,as it is available in cheap price over there,free of cost everything sight seeing.....must visit if you are in assi ghat.

Anuradha Agrawal

Anuradha Agrawal3.9/5

12 reviews

Last Ghat with motor approach

Assi ghat is the last ghat and is relatively clean, with a parking bang on the ghat. They perform Ganga Aarti as well in case you prefer a quieter evening and interesting eating places like Pizzaria and other cafes. It is also highly populated by University students. Mornings open to Subah-e-Benaras, 6-7 am which is worth attending.
  • Last Ghat with motor approach
  • Last Ghat with motor approach
  • Last Ghat with motor approach
  • Last Ghat with motor approach
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Parth Sabharwal

Parth Sabharwal5.0/5

367 reviews

A popular ghat

this ghat is popular because ganges meet here with assi river, , people after taking bath offer water to shivlingam near peeple tree, it is also believed that mata durga kills asuras , name shumbh and nishumbh, after killing them maa durga through the talwar on earth , then at the same place water came.so it is called assi river.

Zed Holz

Zed Holz5.0/5

4 reviews

Most mesmerising place

As one arrives at Assi Ghat, one tends to leave behind the chaos of Varanasi. The majestic Ganges river is best seen and admired from here. One can spend several hours sitting here. It's now unbelievably clean.An evening boat trip is highly recommended and will take you on this river and also enable you to see the evening prayer/Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat from the boat itself. Do not miss this experience!An early morning Aarti is held everyday at Assi Ghat at 5.30 am and is wonderful - do attend this. The Aarti is often followed by a musical program.

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