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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: