A surreal tableau of the sacred and the religious, Varanasi is also known as Kashi - the legendary City of Light and the Chosen City of Lord Shiva. Thousands of visitors come to the city only to take a dip in the holy waters of River Ganges, visits its several Ghats with their unique historical and mythological significance, visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple that enshrines one of the 12 jyotirlingas, and search for spirituality and inner peace. An ancient seat of Hinduism, it rings in faith and devotion as you see thousands of devotees taking a dip in the sacred river with the first rays of the sun. The divine sight of exotic rituals being performed by the riverside, chanting of mantras and temple spires, rising in tiers, in the backdrop help you to shirk off skepticism and incredulousness.
Places to See
The oldest living city in the world, Varanasi presents rare specimens of architecture, antiquity, temples, and richness of cultural and spiritual treasures. You must visit:
- Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the Gyanvapi Mosque
- Central Institute Of Higher Tibetan Studies
- Bharat Kala Bhawan in the Benaras Hindu University (BHU) Campus
- Ramnagar Fort
- Kashi Vidyapeeth
- Archaeological Musuem of Sarnath
- Ghats of Varanasi
- New Vishwanath Mandir
- Alamgir Mosque
- Bharat Mata Temple
- Durga Temple
- Tulsi Manas Temple
Benarasi Saree is a must have for any Indian brode. Authentic and original pure silk Benarasi Sarees usually start at Rs 2,500 and one with handmade zari work that uses copper coated silver thread costs Rs 10,000 upwards. Hindu objects of worship can be bought in the streets around the Vishwanath Temple and include jade necklaces and copper puja utensils. Flavored supari and tobacco are popular among locals here.
Where to Stay
The spiritual and transcendental city of Varanasi offer numerous fascinating options for hotels and accommodations. Ranging from quite cheap and inexpensive stay options offered by religious Ashrams to luxury hotels with an enchanting ambience, you can suitable stay options at Varanasi. We recommend:
How to Reach Varanasi
- Clarks Hotel, Varanasi
- Hotel Hindustan International, Varanasi
- Hotel Ideal Tower, Varanasi
- Hotel India, Varanasi
- Hotel Meraden Grand, Varanasi
- Hotel OK International, Varanasi
- Hotel Vaibhav, Varanasi
Reaching Varanasi is possible through road, rail or air. A well-developed transport network makes traveling to Varanasi easy and convenient.
Good network of roads and frequent state and private bus services connect Varanasi to major towns and cities of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and other nearby cities.
Regular trains to Varanasi are available from all the major cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai. Two main railway stations in the city are the Kashi Junction and the Varanasi Junction or Cantonment. You may catch Rajdhani Express from Delhi or Calcutta to reach the city. Mughal Sarai, just 10 km from Varanasi, is another major railway station with a number of trains passing through it.
Daily domestic flights connect Varanasi to major tourist destinations and cities of India. The domestic airport at Varanasi has many major Indian lines operating through it but the most popular flight routes are the ones that connect the city to Delhi, Agra, and Khajuraho.