August 9, 2019
One of the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi holds historical and religious importance in India. The city has been the epicenter of Indian philosophy, spiritualism, and Hinduism. Also known as Benares or Kashi, the holy town is located on the west bank of the Ganges and is one of the most visited pilgrimages in India. Varanasi is the home of sacred ghats, temples and other religious places. It is believed that if any one dies in Varanasi, he or she attains Moksha or salvation there. There are many places to visit in Varanasi and some of them are:
Places to Visit in Varanasi
Kashi Vishwanath Temple:
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the major attractions in Varanashi and is believed to be 3500 years old. The temple is counted among one of the twelve Jyortirlingas across the nation. It was also known as the Golden Temple because of its golden spire and domes.
It is one of the oldest Ghats in Varanasi and is located near the Vishwanath temple. Dasaswamendha Ghat is famous for its evening aarti and is flocked by sadhus, devotees and tourists. The ghat offers the spectacular views of evening aarti, when thousands of earthen lamps float over the water.
Assi Ghat is one of the popular attractions in Varanasi and is located on the confluence of the Ganga and Assi. The ghat is also known for the large Shiva Lingam mounted under the banyan tree. Large numbers of devotees come here to take a dip in a holy water before offering their prayers to Lord Shiva. Assi Ghat is mentioned in many scriptures and mythological stories.
Alamgir Mosque was located on the banks of the Ganges and offers scenic views of the ghats and river. The mosque was built here by the Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal emperor. Alamgir Mosque is noted for its enchanting architecture composing of Hindu and Persian styles and features stunning pillars, domes and turrets.
Banaras Hindu University or BHU:
Banaras Hindu University is one of the reputed educational institutions in India and has enlightened many great minds. The university occupies an area of 1350 acres and is the home of more than 12,000 students with its 55 hostels for both boys and girls. Banaras Hindu University is the “Central University” and is one of the largest universities in Asia.
Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum:
Banaras Hindu University also houses Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum which is known for its vast collection of antiques, historical items, pictures, statues and many other objects. All collection here gives the glimpses of the old Varanasi.
Ramnagar Fort is the royal palace and once the seat of monarchy in Varanasi. The ruins of the palace speak its glorious past through its contents like swords, photographs, palanquins, and elephant howdahs. Ramnagar Fort is located near Asi ghat and overlooks the banks of the Ganges.
How to Reach Varanasi?
Varanasi has its own airport which is connected to the metro cities in India like Mumbai and Delhi. The Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport or Varanasi airport is located nearly 10 kms outside of the city.
There is a strong bus network interconnecting Varanasi’s major areas and other cities as well.
There are three railway stations in Varanasi like Varanasi Junction, Manduadih Railway Station and Mughal Sarai Junction.