Then we went to see the Rana Mahal Ghat. Belonging to the royal family of Udaipur, one of the Rajputana states. Most of the steps are in a very dilapidated condition, but one long flight from the doorway right down to the water is quite sound. Above the ghats there is a long rambling block of buildings with a rather woe-begone look about them.
After that we went to the alleyways, where we found silk sarees were being manufactured. Varanasi is famous for it silk weaving and Banarasi silk sarees are popular throughout the globe. An Indian woman, clad in a Banarasi silk saree, complete with her solah sringar (16 makeup items), is the dream girl of every Indian man. There is hardly any woman in India whose wardrobe does not include Banarsi sarees. Even the trousseau of a bride is incomplete without this much-coveted possession. Benarasi Sari offers such grace to a woman that can hardly be matched by any other dress. However, behind all this grace is a weaver, whose skill and genius goes into the making of such a splendid outfit. Usually, it takes around 15 days to one month to complete a Banarasi saree. Still, the time may vary depending upon the complexity of designs and patterns of the sari. An ideal Banarasi Sari comprises of somewhere around 5600 thread wires, all of them 45-inch wide. The base of the sari is woven on the power loom. In case of weaving the warp, the craftsmen make the base, which is around 24 to 26 m long. One of the most important aspects of weaving Banarsi silk sarees of India is the teamwork involved. Typically, three weavers are involved in the creation of the saree. One of them weaves the saree, while the second one is engaged at the revolving ring, where bundles are created.