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Namo Ghat: Bridging Tradition And Modernity to Embrace Faith, Tourism, And Employment

Tourists are captivated by the unique offering of being the first ghat seamlessly connecting water, land, and air, making it accessible even for helicopters.

Namo Ghat

Namo Ghat

The newly constructed Namo Ghat stands as a testament to a harmonious fusion of tradition and modernity, designed to cater to faith, tourism, and employment. Spanning an impressive 1.5 kilometers from Namo Ghat to Adikeshav Ghat, the reconstruction of this world-class monument came at a considerable cost of 91.06 crores.

Drawing attention with its architecturally rich design and international-grade facilities, the ghat boasts a distinctive ‘Namaste’ sculpture that has become an iconic symbol. Tourists are captivated by the unique offering of being the first ghat seamlessly connecting water, land, and air, making it accessible even for helicopters.

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The comprehensive construction plan encompasses various amenities, including a floating energy station, an open-air theater, an immersion tank, a bathing tank, and more. Going beyond the conventional, the ghat features a designated yoga area, water sports facilities, a children’s play area, and a cafeteria, making it an inclusive space for differently-abled individuals.

The meticulous reconstruction unfolded in two phases, financially supported by the Indian Oil Foundation, with a total expenditure of 91.06 crores. The ‘Namaste’ sculpture, standing at an impressive 25 feet and its smaller 15-foot counterpart, pays homage to the sun and has become a defining feature of Namo Ghat.

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Dr. D. Vasudevan, the Chief Administrator of Varanasi Smart City, underscores the commitment to the ‘Make in India’ initiative and emphasizes the importance of local involvement, giving the ghat a unique identity. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Subah-e-Banaras and partake in the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti, while also indulging in water adventure sports and availing facilities for health and fitness.

The thoughtful inclusion of a special immersion tank facilitates the eco-friendly disposal of worship materials, flowers, and idols, contributing to the preservation of the sacred Ganges. Accessibility is a key focus, with ramps and stairs ensuring that people of all ages and abilities can partake in the ritualistic Ganga snan.

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Suman Rai, the project manager of Varanasi Smart City, highlights the strategic use of geobags and retention walls to safeguard the ghat from potential floods, showcasing a commitment to long-term sustainability. The provision of parking facilities further enhances the convenience for visitors.

The phased reconstruction allowed for early public access after the initial stage, creating anticipation for the imminent official inauguration. Namo Ghat emerges as a shining example of contemporary infrastructure blending seamlessly with cultural heritage, promising a one-of-a-kind experience for all who visit.