Varanasi Travel

Varanasi, also known as Banaras, is less of a city and more of an experience that you will have just once in your life, and not better place could serve you that experience than Varanasi. Beautifully nurturing the Indian culture, philosophy, and traditions, Varanasi is a holy city believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Varanasi remains the hub of cultural and holy activities, and gets its name from two rivers Varuna and Assi. It is among the oldest cities in the world and is a famous pilgrimage centre for the Hindus, as well as Buddhist and Jain followers.

Famed for its ancient temples and peaceful ghats, Varanasi is an ideal destination for spiritual purification. One of the popular attractions here is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is famous for housing one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Tulsi Manas Temple, Durga Temple and Bharat Mata Temple are other famous temples in Varanasi.

Among the must visit attractions of Varanasi are its ghats, which are a delight to explore. Housing nearly 100 ghats, the Assi Ghat, Dasashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat and Panchganga Ghat are the most famous and oldest ones. A must have experience here is attending the evening aarti at Dasashwamedh Ghat. Moreover, a boat ride along the River Ganges appreciating the beauty of the ghat is another wonderful activity to try from.

Another major attraction of the city is the Banaras Hindu University, founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in the year 1917. BHU is the largest residential University in India, housing new Vishwanath temple built by the Birlas in 1966. An art museum, Bharat Kala Bhavan, is also located inside the university campus. A vast collection of scriptures, miniature paintings, sculptures and old photographs of Varanasi are found in the museum.

Ramnagar Fort is another popular attraction of Varanasi. The fort was once the royal residence of former Maharaja of Varanasi. The red sandstone edifice was built by Maharaja Balwant Singh, and houses a temple dedicated to Ved Vyas.

The fort also houses a museum displaying the collection of Vintage cars, royal palanquins, swords, guns, antique clocks etc.
Ashoka Pillar, built by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, is another prominent site located just 10kms away from Varanasi in Sarnath. Sarnath is also the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon post his enlightenment. Here, one can also visit stupas, temples and Sarnath museum.

Varanasi is also famous for its silk industry and the street markets here namely Chowk and Vishwanath Gali deal in classic Banarasi silk sarees, silk brocades and wide variety of jewellery.

Other major attractions in Varanasi are:

How to Reach Varanasi
By Air: The nearest airport is Varanasi Airport connecting the city to all major cities in the world.
By Rail: Varanasi Railway Station is the main railhead.
By Road: There are good network of roads which connect Varanasi to all major cities of Uttar Pradesh. Tourists can take state-run or private buses here. Cabs are also there.


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