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Rana Mahal Ghat was reconstructed in 17th century by the ruler of Udaipur (Rana Jagat Singh).
Broken steps, remains of debris and poor sanitary conditions could leave you stunned if you move from Dasaswamedh Ghat towards the south in quest of majestic Rajasthani architecture, prominently reflected in the building (palace) along the Rana Mahal Ghat. The ghat, depicting the grandeur and glory of Rajasthan rulers, seems to be a shadow of itself.
While the ghat was included in the seven prominent ghats under 'Revitalisation of Varanasi' project launched by the tourism department for renovation and resurrection in 2008-09, the ghat started to witness signs of wear and tear soon afterwards. Not only the stepped embankments were found to be de-plastered at many places, even the platforms wore a similar look with uprooted stone slabs. The scene was made even worse by debris of broken boats and other old structures in the vicinity. The signs of beautification along the ghat were also missing. Apart from the erected highmast lighting, the ghat looked in peril.

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