Incredible India: Travel to spiritual captial of India – Varanasi

Varanasi trip plan: Image credits: Tour My India

Varanasi trip plan:
The place Varanasi which previously called as Benares and originated as Kashi (The City of Lights), situated in a northern state (U.P.) of India is well known for its spiritual culture. The Holy River ‘Ganga’ is immensely associated with the city which makes people believe that dying and cremated here will break the rebirth cycle and help them to attain salvation. Apart from this, it’s a beautiful city to visit and this ‘Land of Sanskriti’ is the best place where Indian mythology can be learned. This is the place where Buddha gave his first preaching and from where the yoga was originated.

Top places to visit in Varanasi

Starting with the Temples for the city of Temples and Ghats:

  1. Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Whenever people visit Varanasi, the foremost thought is to visit this temple as this is one among the twelve jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva.

    places to visit in Varanasi Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Varanasi trip plan
    Varanasi trip plan: Places to visit in Varanasi: Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Image Credits: Newsstate.com
  2. Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple: Founded by the famous preacher “Saint Tulsidas”. You will find lots of monkeys in and around the temple. Also, the offering which is basically the Laddoo is quiet famous among all.

    Top places to visit in Varanasi Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
    Varanasi trip plan: Top places to visit in Varanasi: Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple. Image Credits: wikimedia.org
  3. Durga Temple: Built with a belief that it will always protect the Varanasi city.

    places to visit in Varanasi Durga Temple
    Varanasi trip plan: places to visit in Varanasi: Durga Temple. Image Credits: bananivista.com

With the Hindu temples in Varanasi, you will also come across many Buddhist and Jain temples.  The Tibetan temple is a shrine with beautiful Tibetan architecture. The attractive feature of this temple is the prayer wheels that release strips of paper with chants written on them when rotated clockwise.

Also, there are many ghats in Varanasi like the Manikarnika Ghat, Dashashamedh ghat, Assi Ghat, Harishchandra ghat, Munshi Ghat and many more. There are ghats along the river which are devoted to the lord. The shiva Ghat, Manmandir Ghar, Kedar Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat are some of the oldest ghats.

Alamgir Mosque which was built in the 17th century by the Mughal king. The fort has an interesting history so it’s worth visiting there. Also, the Ramnagar fort located opposite to the Tulsi Ghat is a very mesmerizing historic monument.

Varanasi tourism: What to not miss while in Varanasi

What to not miss while in Varanasi Ganga Aarti
Varanasi trip plan: What to not miss while in Varanasi Ganga Aarti. Image Credits: worldofdevotion.com

 

Ganga Aarti the most famous thing you will come across when in Varanasi. It is something you just shouldn’t miss. It helds grandly on the banks of the holy Ganges at Dashashwamedh Ghat every morning and evening. Entire ghat gets illuminated with the divine light that can be felt strongly.

What to not miss while in Varanasi the boat ride
Varanasi trip plan: What to not miss while in Varanasi: the boat ride. Image Credits: Intrepid Travel

The boat ride in Ganga will give you an astonishing experience to remember as you can captivate the magnificent view of dawn and dusk along the river.

The Ganga Mahotsav is a festival celebrated every year to display the heritage of the Gangetic plains. This festival is celebrated for 5 days and is organized by the government for tourism.

What to not miss while in Varanasi Ramnagar Ramlila
Varanasi trip plan: What to not miss while in Varanasi: Ramnagar Ramlila. Image Credits: India Travel Stories

Ramnagar Ramlila at Varanasi is a huge festival held in the month of September and October for 31 days which depicts the journey of the lord Rama through a play as mentioned in Ramayana. This is the world’s oldest performance of Ramlila which makes it more special.

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Varanasi tourism: Places to visit near Varanasi

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Rajdari and Devadari waterfalls situated in Chandauli 60 km from Varanasi are famous for their own specialties. Rajdari Waterfall is the popular picnic spot and water falling from the cliff makes it beautiful while Devdari Waterfall attracts lots of tourists with its cascading silver water and green surroundings.

Tanda falls is also an amazing waterfall which looks more beautiful in the monsoon is in Mirzapur district which is 80 km away from Varanasi

Mukkha falls is another mesmerizing waterfall situated 60 km away from Varanasi

Varanasi tourism: How to travel to  Varanasi?

 

By Air: Varanasi Aiport is well linked to the major international airports like Delhi and Mumbai.

Train: Varanasi Junction situated in the city of Varanasi is the best option to travel as it has good connectivity across India.

By Road: You can travel by bus through state buses. Also, you can travel through private air continued buses. Varanasi is also connected to the major road of the U.P. you can hire a taxi or car.

Best time to visit Varanasi?

Best time to visit Varanasi- The winters(October- February) are said to be the best time to travel to Varanasi.
Best time to visit Varanasi. Image Credits: Holidify

The winters(October- February) are said to be the best time to travel to Varanasi.

Varanasi tourism: Best places to shop in Varanasi:

U.P cottage emporium

Best places to shop in Varanasi U.P cottage emporium
Varanasi tourism: Best places to shop in Varanasi: U.P cottage emporium. Image Credits: tripadvisor.in

This place has got the best hand made products/cloth materials.

 Godowalia

 

Best places to shop in Varanasi Godowalia
Best places to shop in Varanasi: Godowalia. Image Credits: Wanderlust Go

 

You will find here best textiles, carpets, weaving, and embroidered silks

Chowk and urban haat

Best places to shop in Varanasi Chowk and urban haat
Best places to shop in Varanasi: Chowk and urban haat. Image Credits: pridehunt.com

 

It is the best place for handicrafts and handlooms.

Vishwanath Galli

Best places to shop in Varanasi Vishwanath Galli
Varanasi tourism: Best places to shop in Varanasi: Vishwanath Galli. Image Credits: .wikimedia.org

 

The street food of the Vishwanath Galli is something you should not miss. From tasting the different types of sweets to some spicy Indian street food. This Galli has got something for every type of taste bud.

Where to stay?

You can find yourself some very affordable accommodations by booking online. You can also check the link below to get the best offers.

https://www.yatra.com/hotels/hotels-in-varanasi

 

 

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