Varanasi Travel Guide – A Dip To The Holy City.
A visit to the ancient and holiest place in India, is a busy place to roll in. Make your travel easy with Varanasi travel guide, giving you the glimpse of the city and places to travel.
About Varanasi :
Varanasi, the oldest inhabitant city in the world, dates back to 11th century B.C. Regarded as the holiest and spiritual capital of India was once known as Benares or Banaras and Kashi. It is a place of historic importance as is sacred place for Hindus. The Hindu pilgrims take bath on the sacred Ganges river to wash away their sins and perform funeral rites of their loved ones, with believe that dying in this holy city will give moksha (release from the cycle of rebirth). The incredible sight of walking along the river and view of the sunset and burning corpse can be a bit overwhelming to see life and death at one place. Narrow street filled with nearly 2000 temples with some mouth watering street food is a busy place to keep your foot in. A thought may occur, not to be an ideal destination to visit, but after spending some days you can embark the spiritual essence and you can easily make your way out across the narrow lanes and busy street.
Places to Visit :
The essence of the oldest city can be felt everywhere right from streets to the ghats, temples and palaces built by the kings near the ghats. To get stunned by the views that you capture while taking a boat ride and watching the sunset and pooja aarti and views of the ghats is what uncounted and unmatched. There is a long list of places to visit that can be added to your Varanasi travel guide. Some of famous ghats and temples are listed below:
- Dashashwamedh Ghat – Also known as the Main Ghat is must place to visit.
- Assi Ghat – Very popular place to stay with many hotels.
- Kedar Ghat – Is filled with bathers for the holy dip.
- Manikarnika Ghat – Also known as the Burning ghat is the main cremation ghat.
- Harishchandra Ghat – Is also the cremation ghat.
- Panchganga Ghat – Is the place where five rivers meet.
- Rana Ghat.
- Narad Ghat.
- Hanuman Ghat.
- Shivala Ghat.
- Tulsi Ghat.
- Prayag Ghat.
- Shri Kashi Vishwanth Temple – Also known as the Golden temple is a very famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Durga Temple – Also known as the monkey temple because of the excessive population of monkeys is dedicated to Goddess Durga.
- Gauri Matha Temple – The Devi of this temple is supposed to be the sister of lord kashi Vishwanath.
- Kaal Bairav Temple – One of the oldest temple dedicated to kaal bhairav.
- Nepali Hindu Temple – Built in Nepali architecture is a small Golden temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Sankat Mochan Temple – The temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
- Sarnath Temple – Located at a distance of 13km from Varanasi is a Buddhist temple.
- Tibetan Temple – It is a Buddhist temple.
Other Sights :
- Dhamek Stupa – Located in sarnath is a sacred place for Buddhism, and is believed to the place where Buddha gave teachings to his first five disciples.
- Ramnagar Fort – Located on the eastern bank of the river is the fort of the King of Kashi built in the year 1750 in Mughal style.
- Chaukhandi Stupa – Located in Sarnath is an important Buddhist stupa.
- Ashokan Pillar.
- Banaras Hindu University – Considered to be the oldest university built during the Indian freedom struggle is the largest residential university in Asia with 124 departments.
- Chunar Fort.
- Man Singh Observatory.
- Deer Park.
- Alamgir Mosque – A Mosque built in the 17th century by emperor Aurangzeb.
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