- Kashi is a land of many charms. Its not your usual holiday. Dusty, narrow and full of alleys and cowdung, you may wonder why you decided to come. But don't form an opinion until you reach the Ganga Ghats, or Benaras' assortment of temples. The city will leave a mark on your pysche. And don't miss Dev Deepavali here!
The city of temples or Banaras, as it is popularly known, is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganga. Said to have been discovered by Lord Shiva, this town has immense historical as well as religious importance. Not just a place where pilgrims throng to visit the temples, Varanasi is also the destination where most people come to spend their last days as it is believed that an individual who dies in this sacred place can attain salvation. Varanasi is one of the oldest continually inhabited places in the world and oldest in India. Its narrow lanes are filled with temples, fabulous food outlets, cows and bulls standing midway and numerous people flocking here and there. Varanasi is also called the "Galiyon ka sheher", meaning the city of lanes, "the city of temples", "the religious capital of India". It is also called the "city of learning" as it has always been a big learning centre since the ancient past. The Banaras Hindu University, one of the oldest and largest Indian universities is also situated here. Varanasi is also famous for its Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which houses one of the 12 revered Jyotirlingas. Sarnath, which is one of the biggest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists, is located nearby and Varanasi is typically the base to visit Sarnath. However, the most major attraction here is the River Ganga itself. The evening ritual, called the Ganga Aarti is a must see for everyone, without which, perhaps, a visit to Varanasi is incomplete.
If you want to visit all the temples in this holy place, I would suggest you to hire a taxi to show you around. The Ganga Aarti held at evenings is a sight to behold, but make sure not to lose your wallet or phone amidst the crowd. The city is never peaceful and is very noisy and dirty. However, you can find peace and calm at the numerous ghats in this religious place. Apart from hotels and lodges, there are several dharamshalas where you can stay. However, most accommodations are unsatisfactory so choose wisely. The river is sadly extremely polluted at most places so think twice before taking a dip. This place also experiences several political uprisings from time to time so you are advised to keep away from them.
Temples, foreigners and Ghats is how I would describe Varanasi. My trip comprised visiting the Vishwanath Temple, BHU, Manikarnika Ghat, Assi Ghat and various other temples. I took part in the evening Ganga Aarti which witnesses a mammoth gathering of a large number of devotees. On the second day,we took a boat ride to the various Ghats, mainly Manikarnika and Assi. It was a moment of inner peace and spiritual realisation for me. I found temples literally in every nook and corner of the city. What is even more interesting is that each temple has a story and history of its own and is equally famous. I think everyone should try the very famous lassi and rabdi
- Being a religious city, it is necessary for outsiders to understand and adhere to the customs and traditions of each area.
- If there is one city that truly defines India, it is Varanasi.
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Food in Banaras is more than just the revered Paan! If you're in Varanasi, do not miss the various kinds of chaats which are available in Kashi Chaat Bhandar in Godowlia. Must tries are the tomato chaat, the aloo tikki and the dahi golgappe. Additionally, try Blue Lassi's huge assortment of lassis. They have everything from Banana to Pineapple to blueberry. Have the thandai, which is sweet dry-fruit milk, and eat sweets at Pahalwan Sweet shop in Lanka. If you're going during winters, do not forget the Malaiyo!
3 weeks ago by Pallavi Siddhanta
I want temple
Varanasi is the city of temples and there are numerous temples to visit. The most renowned ones are Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Sankat Mochan Temple. You can find full details here- http://www.holidify.com/places/varanasi/
6 months ago by Holidify