Kedar Ghat in Varanasi
The ghats or banks along river Ganges are the most active places in Varanasi. There are over hundred ghats in the city and each ghat has its own history and distinctiveness. One such famous ghat in the city is the Kedar Ghat.
Things to See at Kedar Ghat
No other ghats in Varanasi will present you with a more captivating view of sunrise and sunset as Kedar Ghat. This brightly coloured ghat, mostly popular among the Bengalis, is mostly a bathing ghat. Kedar ghat is the most picturesque ghat among all other ghats and undoubtedly the most photographed as well.
Adjacent to Kedar ghat is a beautiful Lord Shiva temple, known as Kedareswara temple, built in traditional Hindu architectural style. It is a common belief that any devotee who visits the temple gets his wish fulfilled after praying to the Lord.
There is a kund, named Parvati Kund located just near the ghat. This kund is said to have medicinal properties and can heal a number of diseases.
Shri Sringeri Shankara Math is located at Kedar ghat. This beautiful temple is a house to the shrines of Shri Adishankaracharya, Sri Maha Ganapati and Sharada Ma. This old temple got a facelift by Smt. Radha Rani Devi, Maharani of Burdwan. Devotees come here for the regular artis and on festive occasions like Maha Shivratri and Navaratri, the temple performed special prayers and is decorated with lights and flowers. The math also provides accommodation to pilgrims visiting Varanasi. There are 15 rooms in the math that comes with every basic facility.
Other sacred sites around the area are Tarakeswara and Vitanaka Narasimha temple.
Also, when in Varanasi, don’t forget to get a dip in river Ganges for a holy experience and the best and clean place is undoubtedly Kedar ghat.
Hotels near Kedar Ghat
If you are interested to stay at the scenic Kedar ghat, not to worry as there are many hotels and guest houses lined across the banks of Kedar ghat. From budget friendly hotels to moderate hotels and paying guest houses – all are available around the Kedar ghat area. Suryadevi Hotel is a good choice if you prefer staying in a high-end hotel. Hotel Heritage Inn is also a nice option if you want a luxurious stay in the city. For a three-star experience try out J S Residency, Vishwanath Hotel, Diamond Hotel and Hotel Vibhavharsh. Among the moderate yet hotels are Hotel Arti, Hotel Sonmony, Palace on Steps, Hote R B International, Palace on Ganges – Heritage Hotel and New Hotel Broadway. For an extremely reasonable stay you can opt for Shri Sai Kripa Guest House, Hare Ram Hare Krishna Guest House, Baba Guest House, Rudra Guest House among others. All these hotels are within a kilometre from Kedar ghat.