Varanasi is an ancient city nestled on the left bank of the holy Ganges, under a state of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. It is the holiest place and often referred as ‘the city of temples”. This city is a religious center for Hindus, Buddhists and Jainism, and also a center for learning, literature and culture.
It is believed that this city is the centre for attaining “moksha” or salvation and to take a dip in the holy river Ganga and attain purification of body and soul. This city is speckled with several Ghats that are decorated with flowers, lights and Deyas in every evening before the Ganges Aarti . This pious city is also known as the spiritual capital and learning centre of India. People from all over the world come here to study religion, art, history and astrology, music and dance.
Another attracting thing of Banaras is “paan” or betel leaf. Tourists can get hundreds of variety of paan here.
A trip to the city of Varanasi will introduce you to the place where physical and spiritual worlds combine beautifully. Here we will introduce you with some of the best things to do during the visit of Varanasi –
Exploration of Varanasi Temples
Varanasi is referred as ‘the city of temples” and a tour of this city will be incomplete without visiting its temples. Almost every road of Varanasi is blessed with a small temple and every temple is used for daily prayers. There is also a number of large and world famous temples connected with Hindu history and many mythological stories. The temples of Varanasi are regularly worshiped and visited by a number of devotees. The most popular temples are Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple and Bharat Mata Temple etc.
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Holy Bathe in the Ganges
According to the Legends the Ganges is considered to the holiest Hindu River and taking a dip in the holy waters will offer salvation,
remove all the sins and also purify the soul of a person. Varanasi has 84 Ghats and these Ghats helps devotees for dipping or taking bath in Ganga. Around 60,000 take a dip in the sacred waters of the Ganga every day.
Morning Boat Ride in Ganges River
A morning boat excursion is the best way to enjoy watching crowed of people bathing at the ghats. Morning is the best time to enjoy boat ride and it will leave an indelible imprint on your heart. The roaring sound of the holy water will mesmerize you. This is the time when you get to see the faith that people have in River Ganges especially you can see the Sadhus and pilgrims bathing and performing prayers.
Witness the Aarti Ceremony
Located on the holy banks of rives Ganges, Varanasi offers you the most unforgettable moments of the Aarti in the early hours of morning and evening. The splendid sunrise and the sounds of the bells from temples fill the atmosphere with smoothness and serenity. During Aarti ceremony Brass lamps of large sizes are lightning, priests wear identical dhotis and kurta and crowds of people pray to Ganges. The incense sticks will fill the atmosphere with aroma of different types. Witness the spectacular view of Aarti ceremony at Dasawamedh Ghat.
The ancient Buddhist monuments at Sarnath, located a few miles from Varanasi, remind one of the Buddha period. The Buddhist Temple, Musuem, and Stupas are the principle attractions of Sarnath.
Walks along the Ghats
The exploration of Ghats at Varanasi is one of the best things. There is around 80 -100 Ghats including bathing Ghats, praying Ghats and cremation Ghats situated on the banks of River Ganges. Every Ghats has their own history and some of them are connected with some legend or mythologies. The must visiting Ghats are Mata Anandamai Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Munshi Ghat, Raj Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Scindia Ghat and Raj Ghat.
Shopping in Varanasi’s Local Market
Local markets here offer you good deals with silk fabrics and silver ornaments and If you want to shop for some exclusive jewelries and silk then Varanasi is the place to be. The shopes are filled with fine silk and apart from saris, one can buy shawls, carpets, stone inlay work, bangles and idols of Hindu or Buddhist deities.
One of the most popular snacks is “paan” or betel leaf. You can get more than 100 variety of paan here. Golgappas, Chaat, Dahi-Bhalle are few other popular snacks of Varanasi. Jalebi-Dhoodh, Rabri and Peda are famous sweets of Varanasi.
Sightseeing tour of Varanasi
There are a number of places to visit in Varanasi including the world famous Banaras Hindu University. Having 124 departments it is the largest university of Asia. There is a museum of Art and Archeology inside the university. You can also visit the historical Ramnagar Fort, one of the best places to see on a monotonous afternoon. Apart from these there is also the Jantar Mantar, Chunar Fort, Kriti Gallery, Man Mandir Observatory and many more.
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