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Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world and the ultimate pilgrimage for Hindus, who believe that to die in the city, is to attain instant salvation. Varanasi is the tract of holy land lying between the Ganga and the Assi rivers. The Assi River also flows into Ganga. Varanasi is also known as Kashi, the city of light since one of the twelve 'Jyortinglinga's is installed here. Varanasi has been a great cultural centre, especially in the fields of music, learning and the craft of silk weaving.


GHATS : GhatsThe spectacular 4-km sweep of the Ghats is a unique sight, best viewed at dawn, in that ‘soft first light’ when the river and Ghats have a timeless appeal. Life in almost panoramic detail unfolds here from dawn to dusk as a steady stream of devotees-swelling to thousands on auspicious days-perform rituals by the Ganga.  The Ghats are best approached by Dashashwamedha Ghat, where boats are available on hire.

KASHI VISHWANATH TEMPLE: Also known as the Golden temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Varanasi is said to be the sight of the first Shivlinga. Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb destroyed the original temple and Rani Ahalyabai of Indore built the present temple in the 18th century. The Temple is open only for Hindus.

GYANVAPI MOSQUE: Aurangzeb near the present Vishwanath Temple built it.

DURGA TEMPLE: Commonly called the 'Monkey temple' it was built in the 18th century. Only Hindus are allowed to visit the temple. Tulsi Manas Temple

TULSI MANAS TEMPLE: Built by a family of Varanasi, this temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is situated at the place where Tulsidas lived and wrote his Ramacharitmanas.  

RAM NAGAR FORT AND MUSEUM: A 17th century fort Ram Nagar is the home of the Maharaja of Banaras, who is revered as the representative of Lord Shiva in the city. The Museum has unique collection of furniture, palanquins, costumes, coins and weapons.

BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY: Founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya as a centre for the study of Indian art, culture, music and also Sanskrit it is developed into a modem academic centre of various disciplines. It is believed to be the largest residential university in Asia. Banaras Hindu University


NEW VISHWANATH TEMPLE : Situated in the premises of Banaras Hindu University, a modern place of worship planned by Pandit Malviya and built by the Birlas


» Air : Varanasi is connected by air with Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho, Calcutta, Mumbai, Lucknow, Bhubaneshwar and Kathamandu.

» By Train: Varanasi is an important railway junction having train connections with all major cities of India.

» By Road: Varanasi is well connected by road to rest of the country.







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