Ganga Mahal Ghat, located adjacent to famous Assi Ghat, was built in 1830 AD by Narayana dynasty. It’s a prominent ghat in terms of being venue of cultural and religious activities. Earlier this ghat was merely an extended version of Assi Ghat but now, with a segregating small stone wall, demarcates it as a different ghat. Hence, it is very close to Assi Ghat and situated on north side of it. King of Kashi Prabhu Narayan Singh built a large palace on the banks of the holy river Ganga and named it as Ganga Mahal because the palace is near Ganga and facing the sacred river. The palace is an example of an amalgam of Rajput and local architectural styles. The stone-steps leading from the palace to the holy river were therefore called Ganga Mahal Ghat. The palace now houses a design studio of Hemang Agarwal on ground floor. Along with this design studio, there is also an Indo Swedish Study Centre that is organised by the Karlstad University. Basically, the upper floors are used by them.
The Ganga Mahal Ghat, in addition to its cultural significance, is famous for beautiful carvings and entire architecture. The depiction of the carvings is of the Rajputs. The flight of the steps of Ganga Mahal Ghat takes one to the five temples at the top. This place offers a very pleasant view of the holy river and riverfronts of Varanasi. It is 6 km from the Varanasi railway junction. Reaching the ghat is quite easy. The entry to the ghats of Varanasi city is free for everyone. Ganga Mahal Ghat welcomes anyone and everyone to experience its vibe. Ganga Mahal Palace & Ghat are preserved and maintained by the Maharani Trust of Benares State.