Varanasi also known by names such as Benaras and Kashi is situated on the banks of the river Ganges (Ganga) in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Hindu God Shiva supposedly once lived here.

Varanasi also known by names such as Benaras and Kashi is situated on the banks of the river Ganges (Ganga) in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Hindu God Shiva supposedly once lived here and Hindus believe that bathing in the river Ganga will remit sins and that dying in the holy city of Kashi circumvents rebirth. It is the duty of all Hindus to visit Varanasi, at least once in their lifetime. The city is often also referred to as city of temples and learning. Almost every road crossing has a nearby temple; small and large, old and new. The city has been a cultural and religious center in northern India for thousands of years. Varanasi has its own style of classical Hindustani music, and has produced prominent philosophers, poets, writers and musicians in Indian history. Varanasi may not have remarkable monuments for tourists as such but instead, the experience is in watching the spectacle of life and death on the river and meandering through the alleys of the old city. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest of India.

Attractions in Varanasi, around and from Varanasi

  • Aarti at Varanasi Aarti is a Hindu ritual, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered and traditional Hindu devotional song is sung during the ritual.

  • Benaras Hindu University This is the largest and oldest university in north India. Spread over an area of 2,000 acres, this great place of education was established by Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya.

  • Boat Ride on Ganges Boat ride on Ganges in Varanasi is very popular, especially at sunrise and sunset.

  • Durga Temple( Monkey Temple) Durga Temple, also nicknamed "Monkey temple," was built at some point of time in 18th century. The temple got the name 'Monkey temple' because of the presence of large number of monkeys in the temple.

  • Ghats A ghat is a series of steps leading down to the river, used by bathers and pilgrims, and riverside Varanasi consists of a long sequence of ghats.The best option for viewing the ghats is from the boat

  • Ramnagar Fort The Ramnagar Fort of the Kashi Naresh is situated to the east of Varanasi, across the Ganges. The Ramnagar Fort was built by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh with creamy chunar sandstone in the eightee

  • Sarnath About 13kms north-east of Varanasi, Sarnath is the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha first gave his sermon after enlightenment and also where the original Sangha was formed. Consequently, it

  • The Kashi Vishwanath Temple Also known as the Golden Temple & dedicated to Lord Shiva. More than the Ghats and even the Ganga, the Shivalinga installed in the temple remains the devotional focus of Varanasi.