Shivala Ghat, an important and large ghat in Varanasi, is historically significant but from touristic point of view- a less frequented one. More than the ghat is famous the colony above it and is also called Shivala. The Shivala colony is markedly inhabited by south Indian Hindus who migrated to Varanasi over last two centuries. Monasteries, temples and ‘ashramas’ dot the whole region. Constructed by a medieval era prominent king Balwant Singh, derives its name from the presiding deity of Kashi, Lord Shiva. Among the three major attractions of Shivala Ghat are a Shiva Temple, Brahmendra Math (a spiritual centre built by Kashiraj or king of Varanasi) and a huge mansion built by 19th century king of Nepal, Sanjay Vikram Shah. Shivala Ghat occupies a long stretch of bank and is surmounted by an equally long row of buildings. These were the city-palace of Chet Singh but were confiscated after the British suppressed the rebellion in which King of Varanasi participated. The Shivala Ghat is by no means popular with bathers and appears deserted in comparison to many other ghats of Varanasi like Dashashwamedha Ghat, Assi Ghat, Dandi Ghat, Panchganga Ghat. The buildings are considerably divided up, and some of the temples disused and in ruins. The houses to the south belong to the descendants of the Delhi princes. Apparently as the families have grown the place has been divided and sub-divided, and the general appearance of the whole place is not vividly suggestive of royalty. The northern part of the building is divided between two sections of the Nagas who profess to be followers of Jagadguru Shankaracharya. There are numerous temples in their court-yards, most of them dedicated to Lord Mahadeva and having his idols in them. Suryauday Haveli, an ancient mansion converted into a luxury up-market heritage hotel, is located on the banks of River Ganga at Shivala Ghat in Varanasi. Most of the boats here are owned and managed by the hotel. The credit of Shivala Ghat’s cleanliness goes to Hotel Suryauday Haveli. After Shivala Ghat is an open space with no steps or buildings.