The great well constructed river banks are called Ghats. On these ghats, are located high pavilions, palaces, temples and terraces, which add further charm to the beautiful river bank. The ghats are frequented by the people which include early morning bathers, priests, people practicing meditation and yoga, students and tourists as well. The eternal crematorium is located at Manikarnika Ghat. It is believed that the person, who is creamed at this place, attains salvation from the cycle of birth and death. For centuries, pilgrims have traced the perimeter of the city by a ritual parikrama (circumambulation) paying homage to shrines on the way. Among the most popular routes is the Panchatirthi Yatra, which takes in the Pancha (five) Trithi (crossing) of Assi, Dashashwamedha, Adi Keshva, Panchganga and finally Manikarnika. The devotee, accompanied by a priest, recites a sankalpa (statement of intent) and performs a ritual at each stage of the journey.
A very relaxed way to see the ghats and its life in the morning and evening is by a boat.