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Varanasi also known as Benares, Banaras or Kashi is a city on the banks of the river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, India, A major religious hub in India, it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism and Ravidassia. Varanasi lies along National Highway 2, which connects it to Kolkata, Kanpur, Agra, and Delhi, and is served by Varanasi Junction railway station and Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport. Varanasi grew as an important industrial centre, famous for its muslin and silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works, and sculpture. Varanasi has been a cultural centre of northern India for several thousand years, and is closely associated with the Ganges.


Main attractions
Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

This is one of the holiest Shiva temples on earth. It is also called as the golden temple of Varanasi. The temple was destroyed numerous times in the pasts by invaders and rulers. The current structure was built in 16th century. The exact year of initial construction of the temple is unknown. The whereabouts of the temple were indicated in holy scripts, which are several centuries old. In 12th century, the temple was first demolished. You can also find the mosque built by Aurangazeb, near the temple. The mosque was built after demolishing the temple.

Places To Visit

Ahilyabai Ghat

Known as Kevalgiri ghat earlier, this place is famous for being the first one of its kind that got named after the person, like in this case, Queen Ahilyabai Holkar. While you can visit this ghat at any time, the best hour is in the morning when you can see Hindu devotees taking a dip with a belief that it’ll cleanse their sin and witness the beauty of the ghat at its best. Dubbed the City of Lights or Kashi, Varanasi is a holy town situated on the west bank of the River Ganga. Call it the land of Shiva or simply a historic city that has several mysteries concealed deep within; this holy city has a spiritual legacy that dates back to more than 3000 years. Varanasi has stayed an important pilgrimage centre in India and for those visiting from outside the country it reflects authentic India.


Tulsi Manas Mandir

This temple was built in 20th century and is dedicated to Lord Ram. The temple was built at the exact spot where Saint Goswami Tulsidas wrote the Ramcharitamansa in 16th century. The temple is open from 5:30 in the morning to 12 at noon and from 3:30 in the evening to 9 in the evening. On the right side of the temple, you will find a lush tulsi (holy basil) garden. In the garden, you will find a small statue of Tulsidas. On the left to the temple, there is a serene pond with four ghats. On the four ghats, you can find numerous statues pertaining to the Hindu Epic. On the northern ghat, you will find Shri Kakbhushundi ji statue. Shri Yagwalkaji Maharaj statue is found on the southern bank, Shri Ashuthosh Shankar statue on the eastern bank and Goswai Tulsidas statue on the western bank.


Sarnath

Sarnath is a place located 10 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. Singhpur, a village approximately one kilometre away from the site, was the birthplace of Shreyansanath, the Eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism. A temple dedicated to him, is an important pilgrimage site. Also referred to as Isipatana, this city is mentioned by the Buddha as one of the four places of pilgrimage to which his devout followers should visit.

Ahilyabai_Ghat
Ahilyabai Ghat


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Tulsi Manas Mandir


Sarnath
Sarnath

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