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Location : 809 km from Delhi, 290 km from Lucknow
World Famous Attractions : Varanasi Ghats
What To See : Vishwanath Temple, Banaras University, Dashashwamedha Ghat
What To Shop For : Banarasi Sarees And Paan

Varanasi - The Stairway To Heaven

Varanasi Ghats
Varanasi Ghats

“Banares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend...and looks twice as old as all of these put together”
-- Mark Twain

With the rays of the dawn shimmering across the Holy Ganges, the stepped banks, and revered shrines along the banks are bathed in a golden hue as soul stirring hymns and mantras pierce the morning calm, and every heart pulsates with the fragrance of incense filling the air..for holidayers to Varanasi, it is a physical journey to Lord Shiva’s earthly abode, a sacred destination where salvation of the soul is an irrefutable promise. Famed as one of the oldest living cities in the world, Varanasi, is glorified by myth and legend, and sanctified by religion. It is the place where Adi Shankaracharya taught, Hieun Tsang travelled and the Gahadavala dynasty thrived upto the 12th century. The holy city known as Banaras or Kashi, is a microcosm of Hinduism, a city of classical culture and modern faith. Caressing a rich tradition of art and craft, music and as a centre of learning, Varanasi is also famous for its silk weaving industry  the Banarasi silk saree  and silk brocades. Come, carve a distinct spiritual heart for yourself.

Explore The Attractions of This Sacred City

Famous Varanasi Temple
Famous Varanasi Temple

The whole world of Varanasi together with the lifestyle of the people revolve around the sacred waters of river Ganga, the ghats personating as a natural supplement to the concept of divinity. The spectacular 4 km sweep of the Ghats is a unique sight, best viewed at dawn, in the soft first light, when the river drenching the feet of these solitary stairs have a timeless appeal. Hire a boat from the most famous Dashashwamedha Ghat, and splurge on a unique tour that defines the true, yet spiritual heart of India. Near the Hanuman Ghat, one stumbles across Rani Lakshmibai’s (the famed woman warrior who sacrificed her life during India’s first war of Independence) place of birth. Across the Ganges is the Ramnagar Fort where one can admire the antique car collection of the Maharajah. This 17th century palace was the home of the Maharaja of Varanasi and has a temple and a museum within the grounds.

On exploration through its labyrinthine ‘gullies’ (streets), one is bound to stumble upon some part of history. Varanasi is also a curious collection of architectural designs. Still today, the city is dotted with colossal houses, standing high but without a ‘calling bell’..Instead they are equipped with long ropes that extend their arms to a bell which serves the purpose. Next head for Vishwanath Gali for a pushcart breakfast of piping hot ‘kachoris’ and delicious ‘jalebis’. At the end of the ‘gali’ towers the golden-domed Kashi Vishwanath Temple, built by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore in 1776. The original ‘lingam’ (phallic symbol) is believed to be resting in the Gyan Vapi Well nearby. The presiding deity of this city is Shiva, the lord of dance and music (Natraja). Naturally, the city worships him with taals, songs and dance. Some of the world renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Tourists can also visit the house of Ustaad Bismillah Khan, the revered Shahnai player of India, who expired a few years back.

Spare out some time to visit the Banaras Hindu University, an internationally reputed temple of learing and a renowned abode of world famous scholars. The university which played a major role in the Independence movement, today has developed into one of the greatest centres of learning in India. Come the evening, absolutely don’t miss the ‘aarti’ at Dashashwamedha Ghat. The whole place pulsates with the shimmering light of earthen lamps and the unsurpassable aroma of camphor and incense sticks, a real experience to behold. Varanasi is also the centre for yoga, ayurveda, meditation and astrology, and you can run into any master, anywhere..anytime. during your stay in Kashi, plan a visit to Sarnath, renowned worldwide for ancient remains of Buddhist stupas, monasteries and temples. Nestling at a distance of 6 km to the north of the city, Sarnath is a nice place to dive into the womb of Buddhism.

Pick Up The Best

Varanasi Silk Shop
Varanasi Silk Shop

Varanasi abounds in the art of sillk weaving, brocades which are cherished as collector’s items across the world today. Adorn yourself in exclusive varieties of exquisite ‘saarees’ which are made of silk warp and silk weft, on plain/satian ground base, brocaded with extra weft patterns in different layouts. If you can bargain, visit the shops in Vishwanath Gali. For fixed rates, shop at the UP Handloom and UPICA, the state runned shopper stops. After a hectic shopping day, splurge on a delicious course of ‘aloo-puri’ and ‘pithi-ki-kachori’. ‘Jalyog’ on Dashashwamedha Road is legendary for its ‘samosas’ and ‘puris’. You will salivate over ‘Kashi-ka-laddu’ and ‘Rabri’. Finally, pop a melt-in-your-mouth Benarasi ‘paan’, a bite you’ll never forget.

How To Reach

Varanasi, being one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, is well connected to all parts of the country. Most national airlines operate to Varanasi. The nearest airport is at Babatpur, 23 km from Kashi city. You will get multiple plying options and it takes around half-an-hour to reach the downtown. Of Varanasi’s three stations, Varanasi Cantt and Mughal Sarai are best connected to Delhi. NH 2 links Varanasi to Delhi (809 km), but its not a good drive because of heavy truck and commercial traffic. However, a seven day boat ride from Allahbad to Varanasi is highly recommended. Tourist taxis are available at the airport, railway station, prominent centres in the city, especially Cantt. area, and through hotels and agencies. The rates for these are negotiable. Auto-rickshaws, unmetered are a more popular mode of transport. The rates for these too, are negotiable and they are found all over the city. Vehicular traffic is not allowed at the roads leading to Dashashwamedh and other ghats for most part of the day. Around the ghats, walking may often be the fastest mode of commuting as traffic jams are common.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Varanasi

Boat Cruise on the Ganges

Visit The Gateway To Salvation
Famed as one of the oldest living cities in the world, Varanasi, is believed to be the direct stairs to heaven. Caressing a rich tradition of art and craft, music and as a centre of learning, Varanasi is also famous for its silk weaving industry.

World Famous Varanasi Ghats
Take a boat cruise through the pulsating ghats of Varanasi, and you can see a different world altogether. Pilgrims, sadhus, locals..all taking a holy dip in the sacred waters of Ganga and chanting Vedic hymns that takes everyone to a new spiritual dimension.

The Elegant Vishwanath Temple
When in Varanasi for a holiday vacation, don't miss the chance to visit the revered Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Built by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore in 1776, the sacred shrine houses the magnificent phallic symbol of Lord Shiva.

The Amazing Aarti At Dashashwamedha Ghat
Come the evening, absolutely don’t miss the ‘aarti’ at Dashashwamedha Ghat. The whole place pulsates with the shimmering light of earthen lamps and the unsurpassable aroma of camphor and incense sticks, a real experience to behold.

Chew A Banarasi Paan While Shopping
The exquisite beetle-leaf preparation is a peerless thing to chew during your holiday vacations in Varanasi. The expert paanwallas add a wide range of flavours and mints to augment the effect of euphoria, and that what makes the Banarasi paans, famous throughout the world.

Best Selling Yatras (Tours)

» Pilgrimage Spiritual Tour

Aarti Haridwar Sojourn in the famous pilgrim destinations of India, from Lucknow to Haridwar, Rishikesh to Ayodhya where one can enjoy cruises on Ganga and attend the evening Aarti at Hari ki Pauri.
Duration : 20 Days / 19 Nights
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» Splendrous Taj Mahal

Taj MahalEnjoy gasping views of the majectic Taj Mahal and its surroundings and from there to the forests of Ranthambore and the hills of Alwar.
Duration : 10 Days / 9 Nights
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» The Glorious Golden Triangles (I & II)

Hawamahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan Starting from Stunning Taj Mahal to most sacred ghats of Varanasi, the tour will be your introduction to real India
Duration : 12 Days / 11 Nights
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