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Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most popular places to visit in Varanasi, and all of India! It is amongst the most important temples of Lord Shiva, and graces the western flank of the Holy Ganges. Being one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the temple holds tremendous religious significance for Hindus who flock here every year as a mark of their devotion.

As a result of the ever-growing number of devotees visiting the temple, there’s now a Special Darshan booking system made available to ease the hassles of long queues. About 2 km away from heart of Varanasi city, the temple’s reigning deity is known as ‘Vishwanath’ or ‘Vishweshwara’.

Timings:
04:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM to 07:00 PM everyday

Location:
 Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001

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Dasaswamedh Ghat

In close proximity to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat is one of the oldest and most significant ghats in Varanasi. Lodged along the banks of the river Ganga, the name of the ghat literally translates to ’the place of 10 sacrificed horses’. Steeped in Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Brahma organised a sacrifice of ten horses here in order to welcome Lord Shiva.

The structure dates back several centuries, and had to undergo a couple of reconstructions during the 18th century. Another reason for the popularity of Dashashwamedh Ghat is the legendary Ganga aarti that takes place post sunset! You can also admire the aarti from a boat afloat the river. If you’re a devotee, you must visit the ghat on Kartik Purnima, when a grand Ganga aarti is hosted here.

Location: 
Dashashwamedh Ghat Road, Ghats of varanasi, Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001

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Assi Ghat

Amongst the most fascinating tourist places in Varanasi, Assi river is believed to be the place where Maa Durga disposed of her sword after slaughtering the demon Shumbha-Nishumbha. Settled at the confluence point of the rivers Ganga and Assi, Assi Ghat is one of the holiest places for Hindus all over the country.

It is also said that taking a dip in the waters of the Assi river, one can wash away all the sins they’ve committed throughout their lives. A colossal Shiva Lingam can be found right under a Peepal tree, where worshippers offer their prayers and pay respects. Assi Ghat is tucked in a quiet little corner in Varanasi, and one can also enjoy a few undisturbed moments of peace by the river

Location: Shivala, Ghats of varanasi, Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001
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Manikarnika Ghat

One of the most religious, yet underrated, places to visit in Varanasi, Manikarnika Ghat is the most sacred crematorium for Hindus. Social outcasts known as doms take care of the dead, who are draped in cloth and transferred to the waters of the Holy Ganges through the winding alleys of the Old City.

If you wish, you can witness the cremation process, but bear in mind that this is a sacred procedure, and you must act respectfully. Also keep in mind that photography is strictly not allowed here.

Location: Garawasi, Jugul Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001

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Tulsi Manas Temple

One of the most popular places to visit in Varanasi, the Tulsi Manas Temple graces the sacred Durga Kund, in close proximity to the Monkey Temple. Close to the Durga Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple and the New Vishwanath Temple, this religious cluster is one of the most visited places in Kashi.

A religiously important monument, the temple is also said to be the very place where the eminent Goswami Tulsidas penned the Hindu epic Ramacharitamanasa, describing the life story of Lord Ram. Harbouring beautiful statues of Lord Rama, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, the temple is visited by thousands of devotees every year. 

Timings: 
05:30 AM to 12:00 PM, 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM everyday

Location: 
Sankat Mochan Rd, Durgakund Rd, Near Jalan, Varanasi, 221005

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Ramnagar Fort & Museum

Built in the 18th century by the king of Varanasi, Ramnagar Fort is a sandstone edifice overlooking the banks of the holy Ganges. It is presently home to the current king of Varanasi, Anant Narayan Singh. The structure is built in a typical Mughal architectural style, and houses several temples, huge pavilions and balconies, and a massive Darbar Hall.

Saraswati Bhavan is the museum centred in the fort, and exhibits a rare assortment of ivory works, medieval clothes, ornaments, palanquins and other vintage items. Although the fort lies in partially ruins, the unmistakable glory of its olden days is beautifully reflected in the walls.

Timings: 
10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Entry Fee: 
Rs.15 per person

Location:
Mirzapur - Varanasi Road, Purana, Ramnagar, Uttar Pradesh 221008

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Alamgir Mosque

Reigning over the spot where a Vishnu Temple once stood, Alamgir Mosque was the skilful creation of Aurangzeb. The imposing structure beautifully dominates the Panchganga Ghat, while portraying the subtle nuances of the architecture born by the fusion of Indian and Mughal styles.

The Hindu style stands out in the lower reaches of the mosque, while the higher ends remain rooted in Mughal design. It is also of the most architecturally beautiful places to visit in Varanasi.

Timings: 
07:00 AM to 07:00 PM everyday

Entry Fee: 
No entry fee

Location:
 Panchganga Ghat, Ghasi Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001

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Godowlia Market

One of the most go-to shopping destinations in Varanasi, the Godowlia Local Market is always buzzing with tourists and locals. Lined by several shops and street-vendors, the market carries everything, right from household items and decor materials to hardware, clothes, jewellery, and groceries.

It is the one-stop shop for all your shopping needs, literally. It is like a mini version of the city, crammed into a few street blocks!

Timings: 
10:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Location: 
Dashaswmedh Road, Ramapura Luxa, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221001

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Most Popular Places Around Varanasi

What You Should Know More About Varanasi

  • Q. Travel Advice

    • There are many scammers in Varanasi who will try to fool you by selling fake jewelry, gemstones, performing different poojas and many other things. So, do not speak to strangers.

    • Review the accommodation where you plan to stay.

    • There are a lot of thugs who dress up as sadhus in and try to fool you. Hence, do not offer any money to someone who asks for help.

    • Do not pay for VIP passes inside temples.

    • Do not carry a lot of cash with you as incidences like pick pocketing are very common in Varanasi.

    • Pre-decide the fare if you are taking local public transport services. Book all you travel tickets through authorized travel agencies.

  • Q. Drinking Laws

    It is not allowed to consume alcohol in the vicinity of the temples, ghats and shrines but you can consume alcohol on the outskirts of Varanasi, where the minimum drinking age is 21 years.


  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Kashi Vishwanath Temple
    This is the most important place to see in Varanasi. This temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India and the history of this holy place dates back to over 3500 years. The architecture of this temple is worth witnessing as it depicts a unique grandeur. The temple used to have a golden dome and hence, it is also known as Golden Temple.

    Monkey Temple
    This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga but knwn as Monkey temple because of the monkey population which thrives in the premises of this holy site. It is a fun place to visit as along with paying visit to the Goddess, you will also get to have some adventure, hiding from the monkeys especially when they try to snatch the food bags from your hands.

    Dasaswamedh Ghat
    One of the most important and crowded ghats in Varanasi, Dasaswamedh ghat is where all the tourists flock. It is located near the Vishwanath temple and is famous for its evening aarti. It is crowded with Sadhus, ascetics, devotees and beggars and this place will give you the true essence of Varanasi. In the evening, you will see hundreds of oil lamps lit up for the aarti and later left in the river and the sight of these lamps floating on water is truly enchanting.

    Manikarnika Ghat
    Manikarnika is the largest Hindu cremation ground in India and it has a story of mythological significance too. It is said that those who get cremated here attain Moksha and hence, it is an important place for Hindus.

    Ramnagar Fort
    This fort was built in the 18th century and is an important sightseeing destination in Varanasi. You will get to see some unique ornamented swords, rare photos of tiger hunting and other items of the old era, which still retain its charm.

    Almagir Mosque
    This mosque is famous mainly for its exquisite architecture and location. It is situated on the edge of River Ganga which makes it look more pleasing.

    Assi Ghat
    This is a sacred ghat situated near the spot where River Ganga and Assi meet. Devotees have a holy bath here, in order to pay homage to the huge Shiv Linga located near this ghat. It is situated in the southern part of Varanasi and hence is less crowded.

    Sarnath
    Sarnath is at a short distance to Varanasi and is an important pilgrimage site for the Buddhists. This is a place where Gautam Buddha is believed to have visited in 528 BC in order to preach the Wheel of law. It is an important site as mentioned in the Buddhist legends.

  • Q. What you will like there?

    Vibrant atmosphere
    The feel you get while you are in Varanasi is like nowhere else in the world. You will feel a different energy, enthusiasm, fun, happiness and positivity when you see the local people and culture of Varanasi. Right from the way people talk, interact and live their lives, everything will give you a completely different satisfaction.

    Evening Aarti
    If you do not witness this aarti, you will miss out on a major part of your tour. It takes place on the Dasaswamedh Ghat and the hundreds of flickering oil lamps, adding an ornament to the darkness of the dawn will leave you awestruck with its beauty. The scene is totally worth your entire visit to Varanasi.

    Old Architecture
    Though it is a popular tourist destination, this place has managed to maintain its old charm. This is mainly seen with the houses of locals, which are still constructed in the old architectural style, many of them being the old houses itself. There are very few tall apartments and housing complexes in Varanasi.

    Street Shopping
    Right from God idols, holy books, Rudraksha malas, handicrafts, Indian fabrics and textiles and ofcourse the Banarasi sarees, there is no end to the kind of things you will get to buy in Varanasi. 


  • Q. Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    Books :
    Varanasi: A celestial city
    Luminous Kashi to Vibrant Varanasi

  • Q. When is the best time to visit Varanasi?

    The best time to visit Varanasi is during the winter months (November to February). Although it gets fairly cold during the winters, this is the best time when you can explore the holy city without getting tired. The average low temperature is around 5°C.

  • Q. How to reach Varanasi?

    Varanasi has a well-developed transport network and is well connected to all the major Indian cities and states by air, road and rail.

    • By air : Varanasi airport is well-linked to some of the major cities in India like Delhi and Mumbai. International tourists can board connecting flights from Delhi airport which is well-connected to all the major cities in the world.
    • By Rail : Since Varanasi lies in the heartland of the North Indian plains, it is well connected to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and other parts of India. There are two railway stations in Varanasi, the Kashi Junction and the Varanasi Junction (also known as Varanasi Cantonment). Rajdhani Express from Delhi or from Calcutta passes through Varanasi too.
    • By Road : Situated in the flat Ganga plains, Varanasi has a good network of roads. frequent public and private buses and road transport to all the major towns of Uttar Pradesh and nearby areas.

  • Q. What are the different things/activities to do in Varanasi?

    Things to do in Varanasi are not as numerous as to do lists in other cities, yet a few of them get overlooked by those planning a trip to this town. Here’s a list of things/activities to do in Varanasi:

    • Boat ride in the mighty Ganges : The holy Ganges River supplies Varanasi with a spiritual charm with Rowing boat rides during the dawn which is perhaps one of the best things to do in Varanasi.
    • Take a holy dip in Ganges : Varanasi has more than 84 Ghats with stairs leading to the waters. Bathing can be seen since the crack of dawn. People chant prayers to appease river Goddess.
    • Rendezvous with the Gods in the temples of Kashi : Owing to their religious significance, temples feature high on the list of things to do in Varanasi.
    • A stroll through the majestic Ghats at dawn : The Ghats along the River Ganga in Varanasi is the most charming sight in the holy city. Strolling along the Ghats at sunset hours is an unrivalled experience
    • Evening aarti the Ghats of Ganges : The Evening Aarti Ceremony at Ganges River in Varanasi is undoubtedly a sight you shall cherish for a long time. The surreal ceremony must be viewed from the Dasaswamedh Ghat. Witness the beautiful rituals unfold themselves in front of your eyes and spellbind you. The Arti ceremony is performed every evening 45 minute ritual is held at 6: 45 PM.
    • Shopping one of the finest handmade silks in the world : Known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. These saris are mostly used by Indian bride.
    • Go to sightseeing tour of Sarnath : Sarnath is located just 12 km the holy city of Varanasi. The holy site of Sarnath is popular because this is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma after his enlightenment. The relics of the area draw visitors in huge numbers.
    • Reminiscing history and culture in Varanasi : History has been written in every era Varanasi has seen. Every little nook and corner has a different story to tell.
    • Hogging on the street food throughout the day: Food stalls serving a variety of mouth watering snacks can be found all around the city.

  • Q. Which are the best resorts to stay in Varanasi?

    A variety of lavish hotels and resorts are present across Varanasi, apart from the finest hospitality these hotels have a number of tours to offer. Some the best resorts in Varanasi are:

    • Rivatas by Ideal
    • The Gateway Hotel Ganges, Varanasi
    • Ramada Plaza JHV, Varanasi
    • Radisson Hotel, Varanasi
    • Hotel Surya, Kaiser Palace
    • Hotel Madin

  • Q. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Varanasi?

    There’s a lot to explore in Varanasi and you definitely wouldn't like to miss any of it. Catering to the needs of every traveller there are a number of ways to commute around Varanasi such as :

    • Taxi :Travelling around the city in a hired cab/taxi is generally convenient. Varanasi is the city of temples and ghats, so naturally you would want to visit as many of them as possible. A hired air-conditioned cab/taxi comes in handy during the summers too. There are quite a few car rental agencies in Varanasi and you would have no trouble in hiring a cab.
    • On Foot:The streets of Varanasi are best explored on foot. Most of the ghats and temples are quite near to each other, so taking a walk to the temples is not a bad idea.
    • Boat:Varanasi is situated on the banks of Ganges. Hence, travelling from one ghat to another on a boat is easy and quite an experience. In fact, it is recommended that you should take at least one boat ride during your stay in Varanasi.

  • Q. Which are the best places for shopping in Varanasi?

    Besides being famous for the ancient temples and River Ganges, Varanasi is also known for its market place. The hand-woven saris are just one aspect of Varanasi shopping.This city has a lot more to offer. Some of the must try places are:

    • The Bed SIlk & Pashmina: Step into Bed Silk and Pashmina shop located at Assi Ghat in Varanasi for buying amazing fabrics of all kinds, including cotton, linen, silk and more.
    • Baba Black Sheep: You can choose from a wide variety of fabrics where silk is the best among them. Here, beautiful silk sarees, scarves, and pashminas are bought by the shopaholics.
    • Harmony Book Shop:The Harmony Book Shop has been a famous destination for book lovers in Varanasi since it opened up in 1996. Located in Assi Ghat, the Harmony Book Shop has become an iconic cultural center in Varanasi.
    • Zindagi Jewelery Shop: The Zindagi Jewelry Shop has dazzling items on display all through the year. You will find everything from traditional to modern designs, gold and silver articles and other kinds of knick-knacks and souvenirs.
    • Vishwanath Gali : For street shopping in Varanasi, Vishwanath Gali is the place. It is the best place for shopping for all the travelers. The street is always stacked with shopaholics who are enjoying their shopping.
    • Aroma Garden: Aroma Garden is like a treasure trove in Varanasi. For a person searching for all the basic amenities at one place, Aroma Garden is the answer to the call. Must-buy items at this place are the natural, handmade incense and fresh, packaged date palms.

  • Q. Which are the famous pilgrimage destinations in Varanasi?

    There is no end to popular pilgrimage points in Varanasi. Here are some of the popular pilgrimage points in Varanasi:

    • Kashi Vishwanath Temple
    • Ganga Ghats
    • Durga Temple
    • Gyan Vapi Kup
    • Ramnagar Fort
    • Sarnath

  • Q. Where can one enjoy boating in Varanasi?

    Boating down the Ganges River during sunrise is one of the main attractions in Varanasi. There are different types of boats for hiring such as manually oared, motored boat, personal boat or shared boat. Boats can be rented at many Ghats such as Dashashwamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, Meer Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat. The boats are rented on hourly basis and may also be rented as per your requirement.

  • Q. Which are the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Varanasi?

    Known for its diverse flora and fauna Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect destination. Amidst the picturesque Chandauli district in southeastern regions of Uttar Pradesh, nearly 70 kilometers from the city of Varanasi, the sanctuary is a thrilling leap into the wild.

    Best Time to Visit:Best time to visit is from July to February but the sanctuary is at its best during and after rainy season.

    Timings: 6am-5pm, opens on all days

    How to Reach:It is accessible by road and you can easily reach by bus/taxi from Varanasi.

  • Q. Which are the famous sightseeing places to visit?

    Although the city is known for its ghats, temples, and music, there are many other famous places in Varanasi that must be seen and experienced on your Varanasi trip :

    • Assi Ghat – A magnet for those seeking spirituality
    • Dashashwamedh Ghat – The most vibrant Ghat in town
    • Manikarnika Ghat – The prime cremation Ghat in Varanasi
    • Kashi Vishwanath Temple – The only Jyotirlinga in Uttar Pradesh
    • Tulsi Manas Temple – The place where Ramcharitmanas was written
    • Durga Temple – The fabled old world legend
    • Gyan Vapi Well – The well of knowledge
    • Ramnagar Fort & Museum – The Mughal era fortification
    • Chunar Fort – A spooky little rampart
    • Sarnath – The famed historical ruin

  • Q. Where can one witness the Ganga aarti in Varanasi?

    Ganga aarti, one of the oldest prayer rituals of Banaras, is a spectacular ceremony in which prayers to river Ganga, who is hailed as a Goddess in Hindu mythology, are carried out. Camphor is lit and 7 priests in a unique dress code offer rhythmic prayer to River Ganga every evening at Dashashwamedh Ghat with huge grandeur.

    When: Ganga aarti takes place at 6.45 PM

    Where: Dashashwamedh ghat in the Varanasi.