Varanasi or Banaras (Benaras or Kashi) is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Home of the living and destination of the dead. Millions desire to die in Kashi, for they would attain salvation. This spiritual heaven alongside the mightiest river is said to be the home of Ayurveda and the basis of modern medical sciences such as Plastic Surgery.
Being the cultural capital of India, Varanasi has been the center of learning for ages. It is where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after enlightenment.
To experience the contrast of life in its original form, one has to visit Varanasi at least once in their lifetime.
List Of Best Places To Visit In Varanasi:
A mystical place that awakens your soul in the true sense and makes you think beyond life. If put in words, “Varanasi is an old soul that knows how to comfort a restless soul.”
1. Dasashwamedh Ghat
Dashashwamedh ghat is one of the oldest and the main ghats of Benaras. It is famous for Ganga Aarti(prayer) that takes place during dusk every day.
2. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
It is one of the 12 Jyotirlings of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple from across India. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple from across India every year. Also, one of the reasons why Benaras is known as “Bhole Ki Nagri.”
3. Assi Ghat
Assi ghat is the most vibrant ghat of all 88 ghats. If you want to experience a breathtaking view, visit it in the early morning. The sunrises, sunsets, and especially the moonrises are out of this world.
Sitting over the stairs of the ghat and watching the wolf moon (it is red in color) rise from across the river while the tiny boats keep passing by is a surreal experience. It just looks straight out of some fantasy world.
3. Durga Temple And SANKAT MOCHAN TEMPLE
Dedicated to goddess Durga, this place was built in the 18th century by Rani Bhabani of Natore.
4. Tulsi Manas Temple
This is the place where Tulsidas wrote Ramcharitmanas. The walls of Tulsi Manas Mandir are engraved with the verses and scenes of Ramacharitmanas.
Sarnath is the place where Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon after enlightenment. Many countries like Thailand, Japan, Korea, Srilanka and, Myanmar have established temples and monasteries in Sarnath in their traditional style.
Make sure to visit the Sarnath Museum, you will get to see the original Chakra and the Ashok Stambh.
6. Ramnagar Fort
Located near the banks of the river Ganges, this fort was built in the year 1750 by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh. Ramnagar Fort houses a Ved Vyas temple, a museum and a residential complex of the king.
7. Jain Temple
Kashi is also a holy place for Jains as it is the birthplace of the 4 Jain Tirthankaras, Suparshvanath, Chandraprabhu, Shreyanshnath, and, Parshvanath.
8. Birth Place Of Munshi Premchand And Rani Laxmi Bai
Lamhi is the birthplace of the “Upanyas Samrat,” Munshi Premchand. He wrote more than a dozen novels and around 300 short stories.
9. New Vishwanath Temple
10. Keenaram Ashram
Baba Keenaram Sthal is a spiritual center and pilgrim of Aghora sect. Baba Keenaram was one of the biggest saints of Era of Aghor tradition. The place might look spooky but it leaves you with a whole different experience. It is located near Ravindrapuri road.
11. Jantar Mantar
The observatory is situated on the rooftop of the Mana Mahala in Varanasi. It includes a large and small Samrat Yantra, Digamsa Yantra, Chakra Yantra, Nadivalaya, and Daksinottara Bhitti Yantra.
All these places are located within a diameter of 15 Km, so they all can be visited in 1 day. Other places to visit near Varanasi within 100 km are the waterfalls Rajdari, Devdari, Wyndom falls and Chunar Fort in Mirzapur.
Famous Food To Eat In Varanasi:
- Tamatar Chaat
- Banarasi Paan
- Banarasi Thandai/Lassi
- Chola Samosa
- Laiya Chana
- Choora Matar
- Baati Chokha
- Magdal ke Laddoo
Famous People Of Varanasi:
1. Munshi Premchand
2. Ustad Bismillah Khan
3. Tulsi das
4. Kabir Das
5. Pandit Ravi Shankar
Pandit Ravi Shankar is the only Indian to get the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.
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