The City of Temples & Ghats
Known to be the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi is one of the most popular pilgrimage spots for Hindus in India. Considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, Varanasi is situated on the banks of River Ganges. The city has thrived thousands of years all along, is itself an amalgamation of life and death. The older part of the city along the banks of Ganges is flocked with numerous pilgrimage folks who thrive for Salvation. The city itself has stood thousands of years against the high tides of time all along. As Mark Twain once said; “Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”
Also known as Banaras or Kashi, Varanasi is famous for its beautiful temple. Along with years old traditions, customs and culture, Varanasi boasts its architectural heritage with pride. The Ganges Ghat or the riverfront is considered to be one of the most sacred places in Varanasi. Amidst all the chaos and rush, Varanasi lures you in with its mystery and grandeur. The narrow streets and alleyways with streets arts around every corner, the music and dance recitals and classes along the banks of Ganges, the magnificence of temples, the grandeur of Ganga Aarthi, Varanasi will lure you in and will stay within you in all her glory.
Considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, Varanasi is famous as the city of temples. The Ganga Ghats (river front) is the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi and are centres of music and learning. There is a great tradition of Yatras in the holy city of Kashi and the most sacred path is that of Panchkoshi Parikrama, the fifty-mile path with a radius of five miles that cover 108 shrines along the way, with Panchakoshi Temple as its main shrine. Another popular pilgrimage route is Nagara Pradakshina, which covers seventy-two shrines along the way. The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years.
Top things do in Varanasi
How to reach
Varanasi is easily accessible by road, rail and air.
How to Reach by Flight
Varanasi airport is located in Babatpur, 26 kms from the city of Varanasi.
How to Reach by Train
The Varanasi railway station is connected to major cities of India. It is located 10 kms North East of Banaras.
How to Reach by Bus
Varanasi is connected to major cities of Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring states by state-run buses.
How to Reach by Road
Varanasi has a wide network of road that connects it to major cities of Uttar Pradesh. You drive down to Varanasi from nearby cities like Kanpur, Allahabad etc.
How to travel within
You can go around and explore the city in autorickshaws and taxis.
The food in Varanasi is defined by its culture and its tradition. Like many of the tourist spots in India, Varanasi is famous for its street food. Nothing can beat the hot crispy Kachoris and samosas from Banaras. Most Varanasi sweets have a milk and ghee base like the Magdal, Sankat Mochan ke Laddoo, Parval Mithai, Kheer Mohan and Launglata among others."
Most popular street snacks of Banaras includes Kachori Sabzi, Chena Dahi Vada, Malaiyyo, Thandai And Lassi.
Reach Varanasi early in the morning and head out to Kachauri Gali for breakfast. After the breakfast, head to Prayag Ghat, located to the left of Dasashwamedh Ghat and then to Manikarnika Ghat to watch the rituals. After the lunch head to Assi Ghat for a warm and pleasant sunset view. Later on, move towards the Dasashwamedh Ghat to enjoy and indulge on the evening prayers. After the dinner head towards the hotel to rest for the day.
After an early breakfast head towards the Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Durga temple, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple and then stop for lunch. After lunch, you can visit the Tulsi das temple and then the New Kashi Vishwanath Temple and head back from Varanasi.