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    Best time to Visit Varanasi Banaras Kashi: Whole Year

    Category : Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage
    History/heritage: History & Heritage,Culture & Festival

    Duration(days) : 3 Days

    Description

    Varanasi also known as Banaras or Kashi is a city on the banks of the Ganges. It is considered to be the spiritual capital of India.

    According to legend, Varanasi was founded by the Lord Shiva. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world.

    Banaras is also known as "City of Lights" or "Land of Shiva".

    This holy city currently has estimated 23,000 temples. Many devotees flock this place all around the year.
    The aartis and the floating of earthern lamps over the water of Ganga in the evening is also an important element of the identity of Varanasi.

     

    Few must do things in Varanasi are:
    •  Boat Ride along the Ganges River
    •  Stroll along The Ghats
    •  Take a dip in holy waters of Ganga
    •  Watch evening Ganga aarati
    •  Enjoy the local street food. Lassi near the ghats is mouthwatering.

     

    Shopping:
    Apart from divine temples and ghats; Banaras is also famous for its silk fabrics, muslin (cotton fabric of plain weave) and perfumes.
    The local markets at Varanasi are filled with various options of silk saris and ornate jewels. 
    The main shopping areas to explore in this city include Vishwanath Lane, Thateri Bazaar, Chowk and Godowilia.

     

    Festivals:
    October to March is the ideal time to visit Varanasi. A five-day festival called Ganga Mahotsav is celebrated in November every year and is a star attraction in Varanasi.


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    Kashi Vishwanath Temple

    Entry Fees :₹ 20 Time To Visit :4 AM to 11 PM

    The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is also known as the Golden Temple. This famous temple it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is one of the 12th Jyotirlingas, which are considered the holiest Shiva temples. Varanasi is said to be the point at which the first jyotirlinga, the fiery pillar of light by which Lord Shiva manifested has supremacy over others Gods. He broke through the Earth’s crust and flared towards the heavens. More than the Gaths and even the Ganga, the Shivalinga installed in the temple remains the devotional focus of Varanasi. The temple is traced back to 3500 years; it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout its existence.
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      Ganga Aarti

      Entry Fees :₹ Time To Visit :Evening sunset

      Watching Ganga Aarti ceremony is certainly once in a lifetime experience. The spectacular event must be viewed from the Dasawamedh Ghat, where beautiful rituals unfold. Brass lamps of large sizes are used during this event, which is accompanied by chants and crowds of people waiting to pray. This ritual is conducted in the evening during the sunset; visit at least an hour before the Aarti if you want to gather the experience at its best.
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        Boat Ride in Ganga river

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        Boat Ride in Ganga river is one of the best experiences you can have. The best time for the boat ride is in the morning (5:30 AM to 8 AM). The boat takes one through different Ghats and former palaces situated close to the banks of Ganges, giving a panoramic view of this River and the region.
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          Ganga Ghats (river fronts)

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          The spectacular 4 km sweep of the Ghats is unique sight at Varanasi. The ghats are best viewed at dawn. The Ghats are best approached by Dashashwamedha ghat, where boats are available on hire.
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            Assi Ghat

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            Assi Ghat is the southern most ghat in Varanasi. It is located at the confluence of Ganga and Assi rivers. In the evenings, there is an aarti at Assi ghat which attracts many tourists. Pilgrims bathe in the waters at the ghat before paying homage to huge Shivalingam placed under a tree in close proximity to this ghat. This ghat is a lively space, rippling in chaos and it vividly captures the ancientness of Kashi. Among the most famous religious places in Varanasi, Assi Ghat is a must visit.
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              Dashashwamedh Ghat

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              Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganges river. According to legend, Lord Brahma sacrificed 10 horses in a yajna here, and thus the ghat derived this name. Agni Pooja or Ganga aarti is the famous attraction at this ghat. It is the most vibrant Ghat in Varanasi, which is often crowded with sadhus, sanayasis, beggars and devotees. During the evening aarti, devotees leave earthern lamps in the water to float creating a beautiful scene which is unmatched.
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                Manikarnika Ghat

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                Manikarnika Ghat is considered to be an auspicious place to be cremated. You will see the glowing pyres along with candle-lit flower bowls floating down the holy river Ganga through this ghat. According to Hindu mythology, Manikarnika Ghat is believed to be the place where the ornament worn by Sati on her ear fell down when Lord Shiva was carrying her to the Himalaya. It is a popular belief here that those who are cremated here get Moksha.
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                  Tulsi Manas Temple

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                  Tulsi Manas Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is situated at the place where Tulisdas, wrote the epic "Shri Ramcharitmanas", which narrates the life of Lord Rama. Verses from Tulidas’s epic are inscribed on the walls of this temple. The temple was constructed in 1964.
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                    Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

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                    Lord Hanuman temple, who is known to be the 'Sankatmochak'. This famous Hanuman temple is just 300 meters from Tulsi Manas Temple. It is an ancient temple considered as built by Goswami Tulsidas himself. The temple is fully packed with the devotees on Tuesdays.
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                      Durga Temple / Monkey Temple

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                      This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple was built in the 18th century with red stone work. It is believed that the idol of Goddess Durga in the temple was not constructed, it appeared on its own. This mythological temple attracts lot of devotees. This temple falls on the main route from Railway Station to BHU, just before Tulsi Manas temple and Sankatmochan temple. This temple is also known as Monkey Temple, due to excessive population of monkeys around it.
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                        Kedareshvara Temple

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                        Kedareshvara Temple is the famous Shiva temple of Varanasi. The stone linga here is said to have emerged spontaneously. The myth narrate that a pure hearted devotee of Shiva prayed for a chance to visit the famous Kedareshvara Shiva temple in the Himalayas. Shiva was touched by his bhakta's piety and instead of bringing him to the mountain, Shiva brought his image to the bhakta. This image (linga) emerged out of a plate of rice and lentils.
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                          Kathwala Temple / Nepali Temple

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                          Kathwala temple is famous for its exquisite architecture and wood work. It is believed that the temple was built by King of Nepal and thus, this shrine is also called Nepali Temple. It is situated in the Lalita Ghat and attracts tourists for its intricate wood carving.
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                            New Vishwanath temple / Birla Temple

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                            The New Vishwanath temple is situated in the premises of Banaras Hindu University (BHU). It was built in 1966 by the Birlas and is open to all, irrespective of caste or creed. The temple complex consists of 7 temples. The Shiva temple is situated on the ground floor, whereas Durga temple and Lakshmi Narayan temple are located on the first floor. The architecture of the temple is inspired by the old Vishwanath Temple and the structure is made of white marbles. The walls of the temple are adorned with the text of Gita.
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                              Banaras Hindu University (BHU)

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                              Banaras Hindu University founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in 1917 A.D is the largest residential University in India. Spread over an area of 1350 acres, tourists visit this place to experience the age-old tradition of learning and spirituality.
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                                Ramnagar fort

                                Entry Fees :₹ 20 Time To Visit :10 AM – 5:30 PM (Museum closed on Friday)

                                Ramnagar fort is located near Ganga river. It was built in 1750 by Kashi Naresh (Former Maharaja of Varanasi). The architecture of this fort is a blend of Indian and Islamic style and with cream coloured Chunar Sandstone, which gives it a strong, sophisticated appearance. As the fort is located opposite the Varanasi ghats giving a great view of the Ganga and its banks. It is also home to a museum called Saraswati Bhawan which has a rare collection of American vintage cars. It also features an armoury hall that displays swords and guns from around the world. The museum here, also has a collection of brocade costumes, palanquins, weapons and has expensive coaches made of ivory. Ramnagar fort is situated 14 km. from Varanasi city centre. The palace is an astronomical and astrological wonder. Inside the giant walls of the palace, there is a big clock. Besides showing year, month, week and day, it baffles the onlooker with astronomy of the sun, moon and constellation of stars. This wonder clock or Dharam Ghari was made by the court astronomer of Banaras in 1852. During Dussehra, the fort and its surroundings are decorated magnificently
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                                  Bharat Kala Bhavan (Art Museum)

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                                  Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum is located B.H.U campus. The museum was set up in 1920 with Rabindranath Tagore as its chairman. The musuem houses vast collection of paintings, Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and other archaeological materials. In the halls of the Bharat Kala Bhawan, there are many rare images that testify to the existence of Krishna cult in Kashi in 15th and 16th century Gupta period.
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                                    Bharat Mata Temple

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                                    Bharat Mata Temple is located at Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus. This temple is one of its kinds as instead of being dedicated to any god or goddess, the temple is dedicated to Bharat Mata or India. Inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936, the temple was an inspiration for those who were fighting the war of independence. The major highlight of the temple is the relief map of India carved on a marble.
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                                      Alamgir Mosque

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                                      Alamgir Mosque, built by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, has the unique distinction of being the largest structure located on the banks of the river Ganges in Varanasi. This mosque is also known as "Beni Madhav ka Darera". Curiously, the entire lower portion of the mosque is retained as a Hindu temple. The Mosque is at a picturesque location overlooking Panchganga Ghat and is bordered by the majestic Ganges. The architectural style of the mosque is a blend of Hindu and Persian styles of construction and is very imposing. Built on the site of a desecrated Vishnu temple in the 17th century, the Alamgir Mosque is among the famous religious places in Varanasi.
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                                        Gyan Vapi Well (Gyan Kup)

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                                        Adjacent to the Vishwanathan Temple lays the ancient Gyan Vapi Well (Well of Wisdom). It is believed that the water of this well contains the linga from the original Vishwanath Temple, which was vandalized by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century. The Alamgir mosque was built by Aurangzeb in the place where this temple is situated.
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                                          Jantar Mantar

                                          Entry Fees :₹ Time To Visit :10 AM - 5 PM

                                          Jantar Mantar in Varanasi is an small observatory, built by Jai Singh, the Maharaja of Jaipur in the year 1737. This is one of the five observatories built by the king. The Jantar Mantar was built to measure the local time, the Sun's declination, altitude, the declination of stars, planets and to determine eclipses. The Jantar Mantar at Varanasi has several masonry instruments to record the motion, speed and properties starts and planets and study astronomy that are accurate and can still be used efficiently today. The Jantar Mantar incorporates multiple structures of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. Jantar Mantar is located on the roof of the Man Mahal Palace near to the Dashashwamedh Ghat
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                                            Godowlia Market

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                                            Godowlia Market is the biggest and the busiest market in Varanasi. It is among the popular tourist places in Varanasi; where you can find everything from daily household items to glass bangles and trinkets. The market is filled with smell of camphor which enhances the divine spirituality of the place.
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                                              Chowk and Vishwanath Gali

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                                              Chowk and Vishwanath Gali are other 2 famous streets in Varanasi. It is famous for their silk items and ornate jewellery.
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                                                Sarnath

                                                Entry Fees :₹ Time To Visit :09:30 am.- 5 pm. (Museum closed on Friday)

                                                Sarnath is just a 12 kms away from Varanasi. It is among the famous Buddhist pilgrimages in India. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, the Buddha came to Sarnath. The Deer Park is a major attraction in Sarnath; it is believed it is the place where Buddha visited in 528 BC to preach Dharmachakra or the Wheel of Law (his first major sermon after gaining enlightment). Deer Park is a complex now and the central monument here is Dhamekh Stupa, which is believed to be erected at place, where Buddha delivered his first sermon to five disciples. Popular sightseeing places in Sarnath include the Dhamekh Stupa & Monastery Ruins, the Archaeological Museum, the Chaukhandi Stupa, the Ashoka Pillar, the Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, and the Chinese & Thai Temple and Monastery. Chaukhandi Stupa, is one of the main stupas built by Ashoka after he converted into Buddhism. Dhammek Stupa, made from a blend of stone and bricks. The stupa is 28 meters in diameter and has a height of 43.6 meters. The intricate floral carvings of this stupa are reflective of early Gupta style of architecture. Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, is a monument that showcases beautiful frescoes made a Japanese painter. This area is a rich repository of the culture and heritage of Buddhism. The Sarnath Archaeological Museum at Ashoka Marg, houses a copy of Ashoka's lion pillar and some sculptures.
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                                                  Chunar Fort

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                                                  Chunar Fort is located approximately 40 km from Varanasi. The fort is situated in the Vindhya ranges on the banks of holy river Ganga. The massive Chunar fort, stands at a height of 80' to 175' from the ground level and spread over a massive area of 34,000sq.ft. The earliest recorded history in Chunar is from the 16th century, when the troops of Mughal emperor Babar had stood by the fort to defend it.
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                                                    By Air 
                                                    Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi is well connected to other Indian cities

                                                     

                                                    By Train 
                                                    The Varanasi Junction railway station is connected to all major cities in India

                                                     

                                                    By Road
                                                    Varanasi has good road connectivity. 
                                                    There are numerous buses plying to the city from Delhi and other neighbouring cities.
                                                    Some important distances to note from Varanasi:
                                                    Allahabad - 121 kms
                                                    Lucknow - 320 kms
                                                    Delhi -  816 kms