INDIA CROSSING THE RIVER GANGES Varanasi Ghats are perhaps the most holiest place in the world; where one is relieved from all the worldly responsibilities and one enters into a domain that is dominated by the other worldly pleasures. Varanasi is often referred to as the "City of Ghats". The city can boast of more than 100 ghats; out of which some are known all over the world. As Varanasi is situated on the banks of the Ganges; so most of the mundane day to day activities take place on the ghats.; Some of the important Ghats of Varanasi are: Assi Ghat is situated in the south of Varanasi; which symbolizes the convergence of Ganga and Assi river. Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the most important and lively ghats of Varanasi where one can see the Sadhus offering prayers to the holy Ganga. Harish Chandra Ghat is one of the oldest ghats; which serves as one of the cremation grounds of Varanasi. Manikarnika Ghat is another cremation ground of Varanasi. It is believed that one who is cremated here is released from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Tulsi Ghat is dedicated to poet Tulsi Das. All the cultural activities takes place in this ghat. The Ghats of Varanasi serve multiple purpose. While on one hand; pilgrims and tourists can offer prayers; on the other hand they serve as important commercial centers.; Many people go to the ghats to relieve themselves of the strains and tensions of daily life. The Ghats are an indispensable part of Varanasi that adds to the grandeur and grace of the city.