Varanasi Travel Guide – A Dip To The Holy City.

Varanasi - The cultural capital of India

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:

Ghats :

Manikarnika Ghat – The Burning Ghat.

  • 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.

Temples :

Kashi Vishwanath Temple – The Golden Temple.

  • 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 :

Ramnagar Fort

  • 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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There’s always more to visit :

This all together will depict different era of the past with rich taste of history flowing all over through the narrow lanes. Varanasi indeed is a place that displays history of India’s rich culture and tradition. The Varanasi travel guide has provided with a glimpse of the most tourist attracted places, but there is more to it ? Find out by visiting Varanasi and escape through the narrow lanes and discover yet another masterpiece of the past.

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13 Comments to Varanasi Travel Guide – A Dip To The Holy City.

  1. Great info this great city .I have never heard about this city before

  2. Ali says:

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  3. Alicia says:

    Wow, I’m a Buddhist and I never knew the exact location of where Buddha taught his first 5 disciples. Thanks for sharing this great information.

    Although I would like to ask if this is safe for women solo traveler?

    • Tony says:

      Yes, it is a safe place for women solo traveller. India has transformed a lot in terms of security and people in India are quite friendly.

  4. Ivan Brozincevic says:

    While ago I watched the movie Gandhi from 1982 and I was amazed by the story of how one man united 200-300 million people in ONE MIND; using nothing but FAITH. Without any weapons and solider he managed to fight for and win the liberty of his people.

    I admire Indian people and the way of life over there, and it is a country which I must visit in this lifetime. Varanasi looks like a great place to learn about India and get in touch with the people over there. Thanks for sharing! Great website!

  5. MelanieP72 says:

    Hi Tony,
    I really enjoyed reading your post about Varanasi! I would love to visit there one day and you have provided some great information. As a professional Travel consultant I am always looking for information I can share with my clients so they are well prepared and well informed about the destinations they are visiting.
    Have you been to Varanasi yourself? Can you recommend any really good safe restaurants? What can travelers expect as far as dining and food options?

    I will follow your website with interest.


    • Tony says:

      Yes, I have been to Varanasi and it is a historic place. As it is a tourist place you can find good restaurants and street food all over the corner. The food is typically a masala type north Indian food with great taste and aroma. There are some pretty good hotels with restaurants which serves great food and a comfortable stay.

      Check out the hotels in Varanasi :

  6. Bruce says:

    Varanasi sounds very fascinating in a historical sense. I am Christian and am not a believer in Hindu nor its practices. However, you cannot deny the enchantment of an ancient city with such historical significance and history! I would LOVE to stroll down streets that existed since ancient days. Just to think I can walk through a city that existed during the ancient days of when David faced Goliath or when Moses parted the Sea just fascinates me. I wonder if records there coincide with Biblical events as well?! What foods would you recommend trying?

  7. Sue Marriott says:

    Wow, what an informative write up. I so want to go to Varanasi. I have seen it on the TV in travel programmes but you have given such an in depth rundown of places to see and it’s history. Thank you.

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