About Varanasi

The city is known by many names, Varanasi, Kashi or Banaras, but the elevated essence experienced during its ethnic tour is universal. A living city of cultural traditions, Varanasi is the sacred epitome of temple, Ganges Ghats, lights and learning. In fact, many tourists visit this state to penetrate and soak the rich cultural roots of India. The 81 mystical riverfronts along side the gigantic Ganges supply the city with the spirituality continuously. Other than that, the city is a melting pot where life and death can be pictured together in a single frame.

Varanasi Tour Attractions

River Front (Ghats)
Varanasi TourThe great Ghats or riverfronts alongside the River Ganges serves as the spiritual epicenter around which the life of this city is based. Over the years, these Ghats built high with 18-19 century stepped river fronts have rose up as the most prominent attraction of the city’s illustrious tour. These ghats attain the full glory in the early morning and evening during Ganga Aarti, the regular prayer where the river is bathed in mellow light from the lamps flames. In total there are 81 Ghats, each named on the worshipped deity or the constructor of the same.
Visitors can relish the opportunity of exploring the Ghats through a boat ride beginning from Dashaswamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat. Via this, tourists can explore another aspect of River Ganges, which offers them spiritual calm as well.

Dasaswamedh Ghat
Of all the 81 important ghats in Varanasi, Dashaswamedh Ghat stands out in its sanctity as the most popular and accessible bathing ghat. The spectacular beauty of this destination can be pictured out with the rows of Hindu priests sitting on wooden planks under bamboo umbrella, boatmen jostling for customary ride, etc. In the evening, this ghat drapes the grandeur with the celebrated ritual of Ganges Aarti or worship.

Manikarnika Temple and Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat us famous for an important Hindu cremation ritual. A cremation done on this Ghat is believed to provide the soul to salvation.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Varanasi ghatsAlso known as the Golden Temple, this is the most famous temple in the spiritual city of Varanasi. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the city, this temple is believed to be the site of first jyotirlinga, the manifestation of Lord Shiva as the pillar of light. Entry restricted for non Hindus.

Benaras Hindu University
Banaras Hindu University continues the tradition of Varanasi as a centre of learning. Established in 1916 by Pt. Malaviya as a university keeping alive the Indian culture, music art, Sanskrit, etc, BHU now is a 1,300 acres sprawling complex where every subject course is offered. Interested students of foreign origins can also apply at the International Students Centre. For tourists also, a visit to this wide tree lined university is an eye-opener where the peaceful surroundings, away from the chaotic cacophonies of Varanasi offer relief to the soul. The added attraction is Bharat Kala Bhavan, an artistic showcase featuring exhibited collection of miniature paintings, 12th century palm-leaf manuscripts, sculptures, etc.

Bharat Mata Mandir
Dedicated to the motherland of India, Bharat Mata Mandir is a sprawling complex built in 1918 symbolizing the unity of the country. The main attractions of this temple feature a marble idol of Bharat Mata and an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent.

Sankat Mochan Temple
Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is another attraction of visiting Varanasi. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this temple was built on the same spot where Tulsidas, the author of Ramacharitamanas dedicated to the life of Lord Rama had a vision of Hanuman, the famous devotee of the deity.

How to Reach Varanasi
  • By Air- Varanasi is connected effectively to adjoining tourist circuit of Agra, Khajuraho & Delhi.
    By Railways- The well laid out network of railways connects Delhi (9 hours), Gorakhpur (5 hrs), Lucknow (5 hrs) and Patna (6 hrs).

  • By Road- On road, Varanasi is 2 hrs away from Jaunpur, 3 hrs from Allahabad and 8 hrs from Lucknow.

Climate of Varanasi – Varanasi is hot in summers and cool in winters. It is preferred to pay a visit to this epicenter of Hinduism during October to March to gain the most from this spiritual city.

Excursions of Varanasi Tour

Just 10 km ahead of Varanasi is Sarnath, one of the four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites in
India and Nepal. Marked by two stupas, Dhamekh and Chaukhandi; Sarnath marks the site where Lord Buddha after attaining enlightenment delivered his first sermon to the first five followers. This was followed by ‘Dharmachakra Pravartana’ or turning the wheel of sacred law. Here only, Buddhism as a religion saw its origins. Nowadays, it is visited by many followers who want to learn more about the faith.

Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
Located 70 km from Varanasi, Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary is bestowed with forests and scenic waterfalls.
This sanctuary features as a home to blackbucks, sambhar, wild boar, nilgai, chital, porcupine, Indian gazelle, gharial and python. This dry deciduous forest region also serves as a bird watcher delight where around 150 exotic birds can be spotted easily. 

Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Kaimoor wildlife sanctuary is spread over 500 sq km of an area, featuring bountiful wildlife including leopard, chinkara, chital, blackbuck, ratel and peafowl,
antelope, blue bull, wild cat, etc.

Where to stay
Ramada Plaza JHV, Varanasi The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi Hotel Hindustan International, Varanasi
Clarks Hotel, Varanasi Pradeep Hotel, Varanasi Taj Nadesar Palace, Varanasi
Hotel India, Varanasi Radisson Hotel, Varanasi Hotel Ideal Tower, Varanasi
Hotel Meraden Grand, Varanasi Hotel OK International, Varanasi Hotel Vaibhav, Varanasi
Shiv Ganga Resort, Varanasi Hotel Varanasi, Varanasi Palace On Ganges Hotel, Varanasi
Ganpati Guest House, Varanasi Palace on Steps, Varanasi Hotel Surya, Varanasi
Hotel Pallavi International, Varanasi The Golden Buddha Hotel, Varanasi Siddharth Hotel, Varanasi

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