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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Varanasi is a holy town situated on the west bank of the River Ganga and dubbed as the City of Lights or Kashi. It is also known as the land of land of Shiva with eminent historic importance and mysteries concealed deep within. With the ancient history and a spiritual legacy dating back to more than 3000 years, Varanasi has a lot to offer in terms of pilgrimage sites and temples. Due to this reason, Varanasi has always stayed an important pilgrimage centre in India and for the travellers coming from all parts of the world. Varanasi is India's authentic city that reflects the real charm of India's religious side. Let's have a look at a few gracious pilgrimage sites in Varanasi:
This holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, mysticism and philosophy for thousands of years and has been associated with great saints and personalities like Mahavira, Kabir, Gautama Buddha, Ramanuja, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharaya, and Patanjali. Additionally, this city has its own religious importance for Hindus and is famous for temples and Jyotirlingas. There are close to 2000 temples here that make Varanasi the spiritual capital of India. Apart from this Varanasi lies on the banks of the mighty river Ganga, and is synonymous to Ghats. Thus, Ghats in Varanasi is quite a popular destination and a famous tourist spot. Let's look at few great attractions on a sightseeing tour in Varanasi.
Take a journey to the holy city of Varanasi, which every tourist guide-book has written about. The articles, blogs and any other form of publishing have written about Varanasi (nationally or internationally). But what is that one thing common in these mentions about the city - it is the Aarti at the Ghats. The Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat and at others Ghats is "THE thing to do in the city". Usually, the Aarti is executed by the Priests in the evening at the Ghats with the lit lamps all over. If you are lucky to be in Varanasi during Dussehra, then there is a line of Durga idols waiting to be immersed in the Ganga.
Usually, at 7.00 pm, an announcement is made about the Ganga Aarti and urge people to participate in this sacred ritual. The best time to visit and witness is between November and March, avoid a bit of rain and very hot summers. Just after the monsoons (mid-June to Sept), the Ganga rises high up the ghats, thus be watchful. During these, you can witness the charisma of Ganga Aarti. The Aarti goes on for 45 minutes to 1 hour, it is performed by 7 priests that represent 7 days of the week, under the 9 umbrellas representing 9 planets.
It is one of the oldest cities in India that beholds a liberating, exhausting, and uninhibited experience. With its amazing attractions and local spots it also has Ghats that offer an opportunity to take a boat ride tour. Adjoining the Ghats are the mystic temples and many other historical places. The Ghats are known for colossal spots and charismatic aarti. Not only Indians even the foreigners love to visit Varanasi and take a boat ride. Different tours that you can take are:
Meditation heals and puts you close to your soul. You feel that you are just thankful for the divine and leave everything on time. Meditation is a powerful tool and has a capacity to heal your mind and body. As Varanasi is known as the Spiritual capital, it has a lot of spots and centres that offer yoga and meditation courses and learning. Few are mentioned below:
As per the Hindu mythology, Varanasi liberates soul and awakens the path of liberty. With this charm and magnificence, you will get close to the thematic and cultural side of the city. Take a tour and get close and personal with this sacredness...
Globetrotters travel all over the world and look for places where they would find the real wildlife in its best native form. If you are in Varanasi, looking for the wildest, and the most untouched form of wildlife then you may find few great spots. Take a wildlife tour and experience the vivid variety of flora and fauna and the rich biodiversity of Varanasi. Also, spend some time in the company of few rare animals and plants as well. Many tour operators offer you customized wildlife vacation. Varanasi has two Wildlife Sanctuaries that are the house for many species of birds & animals. (Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary & Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary).
Varanasi has a lot to offer to its tourists in terms of heritage sites, temples, wildlife adventure and much more. Take a look at few different types of tours that will help you to explore the city to its fullest: