The Ghats, Benaras Hindu University, Hindu
Temples and Ramnagar Fort
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The city of light, Varanasi is situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh in
India. It is famed with the western banks of the River Ganga and is renowned
as the one of the oldest living city of the world. This Hindu pilgrimage
center is popularly known as Kashi by devotees and Benaras by many Indians.
Beside valuing a number of ancient temples the place is rich in Indian art,
literature and music. The city's charisma is defined in its numerous ghats,
Benaras Hindu University and religious shrines. Devotees cherish their life
with stirring their life with spiritual mantras and holy water of river
Ganges. The aura, all round the year get fused with religious fragrance
during the festivity of Mahashivratri, Holi, Ganga Dussehra
and Shri Krishna
Climate and best time to visit Varanasi
Varanasi experience the extreme hot climatic condition in Summer. The
scorching sunny temperature is maximum at 40 degree Celsius, while the
winter days are chilly with 5 degree Celsius. An ideal time to visit the
Holy Varanasi is anytime between the month of October to March.
Major Attraction at Varanasi
The famous Hindu pilgrimage center Varanasi is remarkable for a number of
Ghats and its various rituals. Of the 81 Ghats some important names are the
Assi ghat, the Dasaswamedh ghat, the Manikarnika ghat, the Tulsi ghat and
Panch Ganga ghat. Different religious legends are connected with each ghats
but the common theme lies in taking a dip shower into the holy water and
wash away all the commited sins. Visitors can also enjoy a boat-ride
starting from Dasashwamedh Ghat and ending the journey at Manikarnika Ghat.
Vishwanath Khanda, is one of the Oldest City of Varanasi, It lies between
Dashashwamedha Ghat and Godaulia to the south and west and Manikarnika Ghat
on the river to the north. The place is famous for The Golden Temple, also
known as the temple Visheshwara. The temple complex is flourished with the
15.5m gold plating and Shivalingams, made of smooth black stone, placed in a
solid silver plinth.. Beside this the temple premises also treasures the
Tulsi Manas Temple and the Durga Temple. Everyday the whole area remains
clogged with a number of tourist from different parts of the world.
Benaras Hindu University
Varanasi holds the reputation of being a prime learning center since time
immemorial. The city is popular for the Benaras Hindu University, built
between the year 1916-1917. Its whole campus covers an area of 2000 acres
and boast of to be the study center of Indian art and Hindu literature.
Bharat Kala Bhawan
Bharat Kala Bhavan is the home to some of the great ancient collections of
Mughal art and scripture. It was built in 1920 AD and is nestled inside the
campus of Banaras Hindu University. The museum hold the finest architectural
work and a number of images of relating to Lord Krishna and his existence in
Kashi. The main hall of the Bhawan is featured with a figure of a man
standing on one leg and lifting a mass of stone above his head, with one
hand. Devotees believes that the figure is of Lord Krishna, lifting Mount
Ram Nagar Fort and Museum
Ramnagar Fort was the residence of the Maharajali of Varanasi. Situated on
the bank of river Ganga, the fort also treasures lot of precious wealthThe
very impressive Ram Nagar Fort & Museum is 14 Km from the main town and
is located on the bank of river Ganga. It was built in the 17th century and
was the home to the Maharaja of Benaras. The fort cum museum is treasured
with old silver & brocade palanquins, gold-plated elephant howdahs, an
astrological clock, macabre elephant traps and an armory of swords and old
Excursions from Varanasi
Varansi trip gets more interesting with a visit to Sarnath, situated at a
distance of 40 Km away. The city is famous for its Buddhist pilgrimage and
the underlying stories of Lord Buddha. The most praised attraction is the
Dharmarajika Stupa and massive statue of 4 majestic lions. A museum here is
learnt of to be the home of ancient artifacts dating back to 3rd century BC.
A large portion of Varanasi city is located on the western banks of the
River Ganga (Ganges). The area is covered with dense forest and is known as
Chandraprabha. It is 70 Km from Varanasi and supports the wild life
sanctuary, encircled by a ravishing waterfalls of Rajdari and Deodari.
Vindhyachal is one of the most visited place by the pilgrims. It is located
90Km from Rishikesh and is popular for the three temple namely the temple of
Vindhyavasini Devi, Ashtabhuja Devi and Kalikhoh. History indicates that the
place is the most visited place by Lord Buddha. Kausambhi Fort, situated at
a distance of 185km, speaks of the epic age of Mahabharata.
Popular Shopping Centres in Varanasi
Varanasi is popular for Banarasi silks. Other items like the brassware and
copper ware, wooden and clay toys and jewelry, the hand - knotted carpets of
Mirzapur are also looked for shopping. Some esteemed shopping centre in
Varanasi are Chowk, Vishwanath Gali, Thatheri bazaar, Godoulia , Dashswamedh
Gali and Golghar. Visitor can also buy some antique and good stuffs from the
Emporia and Souvenir shops, all approved by the UP tourism.
Stay at Varanasi
The holy hub,Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is dotted with a number of hotels,
guest houses and lodges, all catering to the quality needs of visitors.
Hotels varying from Deluxe to medium-priced are available in the place.
Visitors can opt for an over night stay in the Varanasi cantt station. Some
luxury hotels are the Hotel Hindustan International, Hotel Clarks, Hotel Taj
Gangas and Hotel Bestwestern Kashika.
Varanas from major Indian cities
Varanasi airport is connected to some major Indian
cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Agra. Domestic flights operates from the
airport, so international travelers are suggested to catch connecting
flights from Delhi, which is 772 Km away from the destination.
Varanasi is well connected with all major railway
heads in India. The two nearby railheads are Varanasi junction and the Kashi
junction, which is managed with many express trains thereby connecting
Varanasi with Delhi and Kolkata.
Regular buses ply from neighboring towns to
Varanasi. State owned public bus services connect Varanasi with other holy
cities in and around Uttar Pradesh Also regular private bus services are
available from nearby cities to Varanasi.