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    Varanasi Tour Packages

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    The rich history that surrounds the sacred lands of Varanasi is one of the many reasons why people visit the city. Once you arrive in the city, you will be overwhelmed by witnessing how this city has retained its rustic charm of the bygone era, being surrounded by all the influences of modernity.

    Varanasi has a myriad list of places that can solace your mind with peace and help you to embrace yourself with devoutness. You will also be amazed with the peace and harmony that persists on the banks of the holy Ganges and the pious ghats of Varanasi.

    Best Time to Visit: October and March

    Distnace From Delhi: 816 kms

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    Here are some of the best Varanasi tour packages:

    Varanasi Temple Tour

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    This tour will ensure that you get to visit some of the best temples in the city. These temples are either famous for their mythological importance, architectural brilliance or for the devotion and faith of their devotees. Visiting these temples is an integral part of Varanasi tourism. Some of the best temples to see in a temple tour of Varanasi:

    1) Tulsi Manas Temple

    This particular temple is dedicated to Lord Ram and is considered as one of the most famous temples in the city. While visiting this auspicious temple, you can also visit the famous Durga Temple, which is located close by. The scenic landscape and the natural greenery around Tulsi Manas Temple make it a perfect place for meditation and prayer. The temple is said to have been constructed at the very same place where Tulsidas composed the profound ‘Ramcharitmanas’.

    The walls of this temple are engraved with the verses and composures from this epic poem. In addition to these significances, faiths and beliefs of the devotees has made this temple, a vital name among the various Varanasi tour packages. The door of this temple remains open to its devotees from the morning till evening. However, the doors are kept close for a short interval during the day, wherein the attendees of the temples carry out the maintenance works.

    2) Vishwanath Temple or The Golden Temple

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    This sacred temple is visited by throngs of pilgrims throughout the year and is one of the famous temples in the city. The architectural layout of the temple is as astounding as the gold-plated spire of the temple; Maharaja Ranjit Singh donated this spire.

    Upon stepping in this auspicious temple, you will come across several shrines within its premise. The temple has a sanctum as well as a mandapa. The linga has been carved from black sandstone and is worshipped by the pilgrims. The surroundings of the temple offer peace and serenity, which makes it an ideal place for praying.

    Being one of the virtuous temples and a religious as well as historical site to visit, this temple is also boosting Varanasi tourism to a large extent.

    3) Kaal Bhairav Temple

    This temple is considered as one of the early ancient temples in Varanasi. In fact, the resident God of the temple is Kalbhairav whose permission is required if one is to lay hands on the ‘sati pind’. The orange shade of the temple adds to the magnificence of this temple.

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    According to one of the popular tradition and custom of the temple, upon entering the temple one should buy a black-coloured thread and present it to the main deity of the temple, Kalbhairav. Following this, the followers can tie the thread on their hands, which in turn is believed to protect them from all the atrocities of life.

    Every year, during the months of Margashirsha of the Hindu calendar and on the eve of the Krishna Paksha Ashtami, Bhairava Astami is celebrated in this temple. The event is soulfully celebrated in Varanasi to mark the emanation Kal Bhairav on earth.

    Sightseeing Tour of Sarnath

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    Sarnath, which forms a part of Uttar Pradesh, is one of the most historical towns in India and is a great place to visit. This town is one of the most sought after destination amongst the history buffs and those who wish to know the city more precisely.

    The historic ruins of this town are one of the major attractions and are visited by millions of tourists. Some of the other important places that should also be visited in the Varanasi tour packages include the following:

    4) Ashoka Pillar

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    The Ashoka Pillar, more popularly known as the ‘Lion Capital’ is one of the most enduring pieces of art that India possesses. The monument was commissioned to be built by Lord Asoka and it stand up to a height of 7 feet. After India attained independence, this pillar was adopted as the National Emblem of India, and the ‘Ashoka Chakra’ that can be found at the base of the structure was incorporated in the national flag.

    The entire structure has been carved from a single piece of sandstone and is a testament of the artistic skills of the craftsmen of the ancient age. This structure which is of historical importance to India is open to interpretation. The structure was first located in Varanasi before being transported to Sarnath.

    5) Archaeology Museum

    This museum is considered as the oldest museum site of the Archaeological Survey of India. It was constructed with the sole intent to preserve certain ancient relics and artefacts which are important to the history of the land.

    The building showcases various antiquities and the entire building has been segregated into five main galleries. Some of the relics in the museum date back to as early as the 3rd century. The museum is stranded with a couple of galleries that displays sculptures, paintings and other belongings of the ancient period.

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    The Buddhist sculptures are fitted into one of the 5 galleries and are a sight to behold. The verandas of the building have also been used to display some of the relics and artefacts. Guests who visit the museum are in awe of the rich history of the place and are also instructed to exercise caution while exploring the sculptures and other relics.

    6) Deer Park

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    The Deer Park in Sarnath is considered as one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the town. The name of the park was in fact derived from the name ‘Sarangnath’, the Deer God. This park was used by Lord Buddha to give his first sermon and proclaimed Dharma and thus the Sangha was created.

    The park is a huge enclosure where deer are left to roam freely. While visiting the park, one can also get to catch a glimpse of the varied bird life. The park also entices the nature enthusiasts to observe and study the beauty of nature. The tranquil and serene ambience of the park attracts everyone, who longs for spiritual peace and vigour.

    Located away from all the anarchies of busy city-life, this park is one of the must visit places in Sarnath and can be very easily reached from Varanasi.

    7) Excavated Ruins of Monasteries

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    While visiting Saranth, the excaved ruins of the Buddhist monasteries cannot be missed in any ways. The main excavation site comprises of a vast expanse of low lying monuments and structures. The ruins that you will witness in Sarnath, comprises some of the important elements of Buddhist history. To overhand the best and appropriate knowledge about these ruins, you can also opt for the local guides who are well acquainted with Sarnath’s history.

    Among the various relics that can be found in this region, the Ashoka Pillar is the most significant and popular site to visit. Constructed in 250 BC, this pillar contains the edicts of Ashoka, the mighty ruler of the Mauryan dynasty.

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    Upon exploring the other sites, you will get acquainted with some of the important aspects of Buddhism in India. Signs and symbols carved in these sites explain how the Buddhist monks and preachers used to communicate with each other and the outer world.

    The ruins of monasteries in the area will also offer you a glimpse of the styles and types of buildings of the ancient times. Other important relics include the Dhamekh Stupa which was constructed by the Guptas. The presence of so many places and sites of historical and religious importance makes this place a must-to-visit place while on a Varanasi tour.

    Varanasi Historical Tour

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    Enchanted with some of the holy temples, sacred ghats and major historical landmarks, Varanasi has become one of the prominent names amongst the tourists. Extremely rich in cultural heritage, this city has also turned out to be one of the indispensable names on the Indian map. Below are some of the famous places to see on a historical tour:

    8) Ramnagar Fort

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    The Ramnagar Fort is a 17th century fort which can be found on the eastern banks of Ganga River. Built by Raja Balwant Singh in 1750, this fort palace also houses a very interesting museum that displays various historical relics and artefacts of the erstwhile royal families.

    One of the portions of the fort is still used by the successors of Varanasi’s royal blood. The entire palace complex is well-maintained and is dotted with a variety of courtyards, pavilions as well as carved balconies. The museum on the premises is home to some rare pieces of art, sculptures, vintage cars, jewellery, costumes in addition to manuscripts that date back to the early days.

    The fort is more famously known for celebrating the festival of Dussehra in styles and pomp. During the festival, certain episodes from the Ramayana; popularly called Ram-Leela, are also enacted in within the premises of the Ramnagar Fort. The celebrations also include a procession which consists of various antique displays of the royal family including vintage cars, royal palanquins and other opulent items. One of the imperial names in the Varanasi historical tour, this fort palace promotes Varanasi tourism in a many unique ways.

    9) Chunar Fort

    The Chunar Fort has always been famous for being a military establishment and has therefore earned its reputation for being a site of interest. Many kings and rulers through the years have laid siege to this fort and in turn have converted it into a famous army camp. Babar, the Mughal ruler also laid siege to this fort and made it a citadel to protect himself from the ruthless ambushes of his enemies.

    The walls of the fort are thick and one can find apertures of rifle butts on them. The fort also has an abandoned jail within its premises as well as dungeons that were used to torture the enemies. Army barracks and execution chamber are also two of the attraction centres of the fort. Within the premises of the fort, you can also come across one of the ancient temples.

    Though this temple is now an abandoned site, its location and architectural layout makes it an overwhelming structure that should be visited in Varanasi.

    10) Sarnath

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    Sarnath is a small town in the state of Uttar Pradesh and is historically significant because of its historical monuments and other relics. Sarnath can be better described as the abode of peace and serenity. It is the town where the nature flourishes into various colours and holds the divine ability to enchant all its visitors.

    The rich historical linkage of Sarnath makes it an ideal placeto visit while visiting Varanasi. Ashoka Pillar, the ruins of the Buddhist Monasteries and several other structures will offer you a glimpse of the rich bygone era of the past. Museums in this town showcase some of the rare paintings, artefacts and other elements of the enchanting past.

    The Deer Park is also one of the main attractions of Sarnath. It is in this park, where you can find the colourful and playful deer meandering freely. This park is also a prominent place that holds the Buddhist roots in India.

    The Varanasi Local Sightseeing Tour

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    Varanasi local tour packages are designed to bring out the rustic charm that the city has endured since ages. These tours portray the most vibrant pictures of Varanasi and allow the visitors to witness its true culture and heritage. Some of the famous things to do and see on a sightseeing tour:

    11) Boat Ride in Ganges River

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    A boat ride on the Ganges is a must for evreryone, visiting the holy lands of Varanasi. It has its own splendour to be one of the best Varanasi tour packages. The holiness and reverence associated with the Ganges will come alive once you board the traditional boats on the Ganges.

    The tranquillity and sanctity of the holy Ganges will surely tempt you to spend an extended stretch of time on the boat. The best time to take one of these boat rides is the early morning and evening, when the mighty sun finds its way up and down.

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    On a morning tour, you will be greeted by mystique views of the ghats and the devotees taking dips in the Ganges. One of the most popular boat rides is the hour-long trip from Dasaswamedh Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat; while on this tour, you can witness some of the rituals related to afterlife.

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    On an evening tour, you can witness the atmosphere changing its colour under the magical impact of the sinking sun. When the rays of the setting sun strikes against the riverbed, it creates a magical charm and can only be embraced while cruising the river. An early evening boat ride will offer you the splendid views of the Ganga Aarti.  The view of the illuminated ghats from amidst the river will add more grace and beauty to the boat ride.

    12) Go to Evening Arti Ceremony

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    The Ganga Aarti ceremony is performed every evening on the banks of the Ganges and one of the most flamboyant and devotionally celebrated events in Varanasi. This aarti is carried out in order to show gratitude and loyalty towards the holy Goddess, Ganga Mata. Attended by thousands of devotees, this tour is one main attractions of Varanasi tourism.

    This auspicious event embarks every evening; a blow of the conch shell marks the beginning of the Ganga Aarti and can either be witnessed from the ghats or from a boat amidst the river. Performed by groups of pundits, the aarti involves waving of incense sticks in a circled pattern.

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    Movement of the incense sticks creates a picturesque ambience and the pleasant fragrances of the incense fill every corner of the ghats with their delightful aromas.  Rhythmic sounds of the cymbals and the chanting of the many different prayers heightens the spirituality and devoutness of the ghats.

    13) Visit Local Market of Varanasi

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    The local markets of Varanasi are famous for selling some valuable and unique items and are largely visited by the tourists. These markets are famous for the famous Varanasi silk saris which are known all over the world over for their exquisite detailing and quality. Not only in India, but the popularity and fondness of Varanasi Silk is also reaching the various corners of the world.

    Besides the beautiful silk saris, you can also shop for other cultural items in these markets. Some of the items of interest include shawls, paintings, wall hangings, carpets, glass beads, stone inlay works, lampshades with intricate designs and masks of the various Hindu and Buddhists deities which are worshipped.

    Some of the best known local markets in the city are Chowk, Vishwanath Lane and Thatheri Bazaar. A visit to one of the markets is also part of the famous Varanasi tour packages.

    Walking Tours of Varanasi Ghats

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    One of the best ways of truly appreciating Varanasi and all it has to offer is by taking one of the many walking tours of the 80-odd ghats in the city. Despite the numbers, each ghat has its own significance and is considered as the best place for prayer and worship. Some of the famous ghats you will visit if you choose to opt for Varanasi walking tours:

    14) Dasaswamedh Ghat

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    The Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the main attractions for the locals as well as tourists in Varanasi. It is one of the most ancient and holiest ghats in the area as it is here that the famous and flamboyant Ganga Aarti is performed every evening. Morning is the best time to visit this ghat. On these visits, you can feel the dew freshness of this holy ghat and your visit will get enchanted by the hymns of the morning prayers.

    The site of the colourful flower vendors will add more delight to your visit. The marketplaces near the ghats are also not to be missed. These markets are well acquainted with idols of various Gods and Goddesses, amenities for puja and other materials related to spirituality.

    15) Assi Ghat

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    In this ghat, the Assi River meets the holy Ganga; this is one of the reasons, this ghat is also considered as one of the pious ghats in Varanasi. The location of the ghat makes it one of the peaceful and least populated ghats.  According to the various religious beliefs, before offering prayers to the Lord Shiva, one should visit the Assi Ghat and take a dip in its holy water.

    Some of the best hotels in Varanasi are located around this ghat, and thus Assi Ghat is one of the main gathering places for the tourists and other visitors.

    16) Manikarnika Ghat

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    This ghat is considered as the most confronting among the many sacred ghats of Varanasi. The Manikarnika Ghat holds a very prominent place as in this ghat; the last rituals of Hinduism are carried out. The Manikarnika Kund or the pond at this ghat is believed to be dug by Lord Vishnu when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati visited Kashi.

    The ghat is one of the largest cremation ground among the Hindus and according to the religious beliefs, the one who is cremated in this ghat, attains moksha after life.

    17) Chaumsathi Ghat

    The last, but not the least among the various Varanasi tour packages is the Chaumsathi ghat. Though lesser known, is witnesses a large number of tourists throughout the year.

    At the ghat, one is immediately confronted by the impressive stone steps which lead the way to a small temple dedicated to the memory of the Chaumsathi (meaning 64 in Hindi) Yoginis. Inside the temple, you will find images of both Durga and Kali in the inner sanctum, which is considered as the holiest place in the temple.

    Once you start exploring the ghats, you will come across the Peshwa Amrit Rao's beautiful sandstone haveli (mansion) that was constructed in 1807. This mansion is now being used for the performance of religious ceremonies and sometimes as an auditorium where religious ceremonies or functions are held to entertain the local people as well as tourists who visit the ghats.

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    18) Allahabad-Varanasi Tour Packages

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    The Varanasi-Allahabad tour packages offer you a tour of the two famous pilgrimage cities of India. The tour would normally begin in Varanasi where you can visit some of the famous monuments and temples of the region. You will also get the opportunity to take a stroll along the famous Varanasi ghats and enjoy a boat ride down the holy Ganges.

    You can also visit some of the famous and sacred temples that are famous pilgrimage sites and are visited by a multitude of people throughout the year. After this visit, you will be taken towards Allahabad where you will be witnessing the ‘Sangam Point’ or the confluence point of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers.

    Allahabad, one of the venues of the Kumbh Mela, boasts of its pious ghats and other sacred places. While in this city, you can visit the spectacular ghats and witness the sadhus and pujaris offering pujas at the ghats; you can also take a holy dip in the holy Sangam. Upon completing the tour, you will be taken back to Varanasi and this spiritual tour will come to an delightful end.

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Attractions

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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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Chowk & Vishwanath Gali

Another name that crops up when shopping in Varanasi, Vishwanath Lane is spread over a considerably smaller area than that of Godowlia Market, but is by no means any lesser in competition. Dotted with various shops either side of the street, Vishwanath Market is ideal for religious items, jewellery and accessories, fabrics, wooden toys, and classic Banarasi Silk sarees.

A favourite amongst travellers and locals alike, Vishwanath market is relatively less crowded than Godowlia, with more or less the same benefits as the latter.

Timings: 
10:00 AM to 09:00 PM

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

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Man Mandir Observatory

Resting on top of the famous Man Mandir Ghat, Jantar Mantar, or Man Mandir Observatory is one of the most popular places to visit in Varanasi. Established in the year 1737 by Jai Singh, the King of Jaipur and a patron of science, the observatory was built to measure and observe time and eclipses with reference to the position of the Sun and other celestial bodies.

Strikingly similar to the observatory of the same name in Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain and Mathura, the observatory was a huge success.

Timings:
08:00 AM to 05:30 PM everyday

Entry Fee:
INR 15 per person

Location:
Observatory, Man Mandir ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat Rd, Observatory, Man mandir, Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001

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The Banaras Silk Emporium

The leading brand when it comes to manufacture of Banarasi and handloom sarees made from pure, top-quality silk, Banarasi Silk Emporium is the ultimate shopping destination. Their sarees come in a beautiful variety of colours, designs, fabrics and patterns in order to suit the taste of each buyer.

Placing the quality of fabric above everything else, each saree is unique, and marries Indian ethnicity with glamour. Irrespective of your taste or the occasion, Banarasi Silk Emporium is one place in Varanasi where you just cannot return empty-handed from!

Location
: Buddh Bihar Colony, Behind Hotel Clarks, Buddh Bihar Colony, Varanasi-221002, Uttar Pradesh

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Shivala Ghat

One of the many religious places to visit in Varanasi, Shivala Ghat, also known as Kali Ghat, is built right beside a colossal 19th century mansion. The early morning boat ride at Shivala Ghat is a must-have experience when visiting Varanasi. Besides the boat ride, the ghat is also celebrated for the Shiva temple and Brahmendra Math (spiritual centre) that watch over Shivala Ghat.

Built by the great king Balwant Singh, the ghat is named after its prevailing deity Lord Shiva. Buried waist-deep in mythology and Indian folklore, Shivala Ghat also offers stunning views of the ribboning Ganga, which roughly translates into ‘perfect photography spots’!

Location:
Near Rajguru Math, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001

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Tulsi Ghat

Believed to be the place where the great Tulsidas composed the Hindu epic Ramacharitamanasa, Tulsi Ghat is home to various relics of the great saint. One of the most important religious tourist places in Varanasi, Tulsi Ghat is brimming with spirituality and religion.

It is believed that when Tulsidas’s manuscript slipped and fell into the Ganga river, it stayed afloat instead of having sunk. Legend also has it that the very first rendition of Ram Leela, a visual portrayal of the life of Lord Rama, was performed at Tulsi Ghat. Corroborating this, a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Rama stands here too.

Location:
Assi Rd, Assi ghat, Near, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221010

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Manmandir Ghat

Erected in the 17th century by Raja Man Singh, and restructured during the mid 1900s, Man Mandir Ghat is located on the north of Dashashwamedh Ghat. Known as Someshwar Ghat in the earlier days, the ghat is presided over by a magnificent palace carrying intricate carvings and paintings.

Falling now under the purview of the Archaeological Survey of India, the palace offers unmatched views of the Ganga river and the rest of Varanasi from above. Another great tourist attraction here is the famous observatory called Jantar Mantar which sits atop the palace. It is one of the mot unmissable places to visit in Varanasi.

Location: 
Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001

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Darbhanga Ghat

Sitting at a distance of 6 km from Varanasi, Darbhanga Ghat falls towards the southern flank of Dashashwamedh Ghat. Sandwiched between Causatthi Ghat and Babua Pandey Ghat, this is the most sought-after place for the performance of the final rites and rituals post death.

The structure is quite steep and narrow, but widens up noticeably as it approaches Babua Pandey Ghat. Resting at the foot of a massive building, the ghat affords great views of the ceremonies and rituals that it hosts. The ghat is also honoured with the presence of a stunning Shiva Lingam, along with an equally beautiful temple.

Location:
Near Ahilyabai Ghat, Uttar Pradesh 221010

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Scindia Ghat

Also known as Shinde Ghat, Scindia Ghat is one of the most interesting places to visit in Varanasi. The temple of Lord Shiva that stands guard over this ghat is partially submerged in the holy river Ganga! Rooted deeply in Hindu mythology, this place is also believed to be the birthplace of the Hindu God of fire, Agni.

Presently, the ghat is a famous medication spot, especially early in the morning, when heaps of people rush here to enjoy the peace and cleanliness of the place. This 150 year old structure is also known for its crematorium, one of the most sacred ones in Varanasi.

Location:
 Near Manikarnika Ghat, Ghats of varanasi, Ghasi Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001

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