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What You Should Know More About Varanasi

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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. 

  • Recommended reads for destination

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    Varanasi: A celestial city
    Luminous Kashi to Vibrant Varanasi

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