Hindus come to Varanasi from all around the world to purify themselves in the holy Ganges water and perform rituals along the dozens of Ghats along the river. For tourists, Ganges River is one of the most revered natural sites in India.
Best Places To Visit In Varanasi
HOLY RIVER GANGA
SHRI KASHI VISWANATH TEMPLE
Hindu pilgrims and tourists like to travel for thousands of miles to reach the Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, a sacred attraction. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is regarded as one of the most popular Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located in the heart of Varanasi, the temple is a core of faith for millions of Hindus. Also Known as “The Golden Temple”.
EVENING AARTI / PRAYER
Ganga Aarti or the Evening prayer, dedicated to Mother Ganga. Every evening prayer is carried out facing the river Ganga. a lot of clay lamps are lit during this Aarti. . The aarti is always accompanied by different songs sung while praising the Ganga. It is believed that the lamps acquire the power of the deity.
A group of young saints dressed up with silky saffron and white robes conduct this ceremony
EARLY MORNING RITUALS/ BOAT RIDE
The majority of Hindus believe that making a pilgrimage is part of their Dharma or religious duty. They believe that visiting sacred places in this life will improve their Karma and bring them to reward for the next life. Hindu believe that prayer or performing the religious activity at sacred places improves their present and past Karmas.
CITY TOUR / TEMPLE TOUR
The city of Varanasi is Incredible, Amazing, and Interesting. City to discover a lot of hidden facts. To explore, to feel the cosmic energy of this very ancient city one has to spend a few days in Varanasi.
City of temples, City of narrow lanes, city of Music and yoga, City of silk & carpet, City of Ghats, City of God Shiva, city of ultimate salvation.
SARNATH- BIRTHPLACE OF BUDDHISM
Sarnath the sacred land where Buddha delivered his first sermon.
Heritage Walk, Explore The Heritage Of Varanasi
Kasi, Varanasi, or Banaras the oldest living cities in the World. Explore the heritage of this ancient city.
To have a walk through the narrow lanes gives a different feelings and energy.
Ghat, The Stone Steps Leading To River Ganga
The Ganga Ghats Of Varanasi – The Riverfront Landscape…
Varanasi is the city of Temples, Ghats, Kunds, and Galies (narrow lanes). The spectacular long seep of Ghats on the holy Ganga is unique and creates a fascinating sight. Life, in almost stream of Devotees, swelling to thousands on auspicious days, to perform rituals. The 7km long riverfront of river Ganga.
There are 84 Ghats with 84 different names, some of the famous ones are
- Dashasvamedh Ghat, Shitla gat, Manmandir Ghat, Assi Ghat, Raj Ghat, Manikarnika & Harishchandra Ghats are the two cremation Ghats.
Durga Temple Or Monkey Temple
It is one of the prominent temples of the city dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple is very well known by the locals as Monkey Temple, even though the Temple is not dedicated to Monkey God Hanuman. Temple built in 18th Century.
New Kashi Wishwanath Temple
New Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi
Located inside Banaras Hindu University, this temple has tourists flocking to its doors on a daily basis.
The Birla family that has been a hugely successful group of entrepreneurs in India commissioned its construction, leading locals to call it Birla Temple. A great thing about the temple is that it isn’t just one building, but actually, seven separate temples that together make one big religious complex.
Kashi or Varanasi’s street food that you shouldn’t Miss.
Street food is an essential part of Indian culture and cuisine. There are a number of street foods from across the country that is famous, but nothing can beat the hot and crispy kachoris, Samosa, Tamatar Chat, Gol Gappe, and Batti- Chokha.
Here are some popular Street food from Varanasi- KACHORI SABZI, SAMOSA, TAMATAR CHAT, GOLGAPPE, BATTI CHOKHA
FAMOUS SWEETS- Indian’s are crazy about spicy foods, and sweets. Ras Malai, Longlata, Rajbhog.
FAMOUS DRINKS- The most famous drinks of Varanasi. Lassi, Masala Chai.
BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY
One of the prestigious educational centers of India, Banaras Hindu University or Kashi Hindu Viswavidyalaya is a well-respected public university is an educational center for more than 25000 students, making it one of Asia’s largest residential universities.
BHARAT MATA TEMPLE OR MOTHER INDIA TEMPLE
Bharat Mata Mandir or Mother India Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to our country, Mother India. The temple does not have any deity, but a relief map of the country carved in marble.
10 km, from Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrim centres. After attaining the enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, ot was here that Lord Buddha prechesd his first sermon.