Situated on the banks of Holy Ganga, Varanasi is a city that’ll leave you spellbound. It has an old world vibe mixed with modern feel which makes it so special. People from all over the world come to Varanasi to explore the culture and soak in the rich heritage.
Watching the aarti at the banks of the river, indulging in delicious world cuisine, taking a boat ride at sunrise, or just rejuvenating yourself with yoga and meditation at the numerous ashrams, there is so much to do in Varanasi.
It is a confluence of religions and gives a glimpse of how harmony exists in our multicultural land. If you’re a history buff, nature lover, foodie, or photographer, Varanasi is the destination for you.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Sarnath, Ghats of Varanasi, Vishwanath Gali
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Varanasi once known as Banaras and Kashi, is a one of world’s oldest dwelling city in India. This Indian state in Uttar Pradesh dates back to 11th century B.C and is also known as the “Spiritual Capital of India”. The city attracts massive number of Hindu pilgrims, who consider this holy place as a gate to salvation and bathe in River Ganga’s sacred waters and many perform funeral rites of their loved ones here. Those maze like streets in the city have some 2,000 temples or more, including Kashi Vishwanath, the most revered temple for Shiv bhakts. Varanasi is the India of any foreigner’s imagination, a vibrant and interesting place on earth, which surprises you plentifully around every nook & corner. Tourists say Varanasi is magical & mystical but definitely not for the weak hearted ones. The ultimate rituals of the dead takes place here in public, wherein sight, sound and smell on the ghats are intense.
Nevertheless, this city has loads more that these intense experiences. It has been memorable for every traveler. A leisure walk through the ghats and alleyways of Varanasi, experiencing the way of living, watching people perform their early morning prayers & rituals at sunrise and more will take your through real beauty of India
Viewing the Ganga Ji Aarti at sunset from a boat, while cruising on Ganga, will be an experience of lifetime. Pictorial representation of these spiritual scenes in Varanasi is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world. Boat cruises are available to take visitors on the waterfront. The Man Mandir Ghat, which has a large palace built in 1600on the bank, is a must see place. The Mughal architecture influenced Ramnagar Fort here, was the palace of the Maharaja of Varanasi. This is museum at present and will surely keep you involved with it relics. Around 10 - 11km from Varanasi is Sarnath, the place where Gautam Buddha delivered his first sermon post enlightenment. Do see the Dhamekh Stupa here which features ancient temples workmanship of the past.
When in Varanasi, try some delicious Indian vegetarian food and do not miss to shop for the world famous Banarasi Silk sarees and fabrics. Not to forget, Varanasi has always been a great center of learning and a symbol of spiritualism, mysticism and philosophy. Enriched by the knowledge great spiritual leaders like Mahavira, Guatama Buddha, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharaya, Ramanuja and Patanjali, Varanasi will take up your heart and soul.
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