Varanasi is one of the oldest city in the world located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India and is also called as ‘Kashi’ or ‘Banaras’.
If you are planning to go on a peaceful spiritual trip, Varanasi is the ultimate option. This city is brimming with the Hindu culture and you will get to experience the most peaceful atmosphere in this place.
Varanasi is also called as the ‘city of temples’ as there are a number of temples and spiritual places located within this city.
Top 5 places to visit in Varanasi:
1. Ganges River:
The Ganges River is named after the goddess ‘Ganga’ and is a home to around 400 to 600 million people for their daily need of drinking and bathing. People from all around the world visit the Ganges River to purify themselves in the holy water of this river. A visit to the Ganges River will give you the most blissful experience you’ll ever have.
2. Dasaswamedh Ghat:
Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the major tourist attractions in Varanasi. This place is always full of life and will give you one of the most happening experience. The best time to visit the Dasaswamedh Ghat is late in the evening at 7pm when the Hindu priests conduct the Ganga Aarti. You will get to experience the Hindu culture at its best with all the spirituality around the place.
3. Dhamek Stupa:
Along with the Hindu culture you will also get to experience Buddhism. The Dhamek Stupa is a huge stone and brick structure that was built more than 1,500 years ago. It is located in the Sarnath village at a distance of 12 kilometres from Varanasi. Wander around the Dhamek Stupa and enjoy the chirping of the birds and the exquisite view of blooming flowers.
4. Assi Ghat:
Assi Ghat is one of the most famous Ghats in Varanasi located to the southernmost part of Varanasi and it’s major attraction is the Shiva lingam under a scared fig tree. A number of pilgrims visit this Ghat ever year to worship the Lord Shiva after purifying themselves in the Ganges River.
5. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple:
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located at a distance of 4 kilometres from Varanasi. It is a major sacred attraction and thousands of pilgrims from all over the world visit this temple every year. This temple is beautifully built and is said to be plated in around 800 kilogrammes of pure gold.
Must eat food items in Varanasi:
While you are in Varanasi following are food items you must definitely try out. You may have already had some of these food items, however the flavour you will get to taste here will be one of a kind.
1. Kachori sabji
2. Dahi chutney gol-gappa
3. Tamatar chat
4. Chena dahi vada
5. Chooda matar
6. Banarasi Paan
7. Banarasi thandai and lassi
8. Baati chokha or litti chokha
Best time to visit Varanasi:
The best time to visit Varanasi is in the winter season from November to February, however you will have to carry warm clothes as the temperature gets too cold sometimes.
The lowest average temperature is around 5°C.
How to reach Varanasi:
Airways– Varanasi has it’s own airport connecting to all the major cities in India.
There are also connecting flights available from the Delhi airport for international transport. Once at the airport you can take a taxi or bus to reach you destination in Varanasi.
Railways– Varanasi also has it’s own railway station. All the major cities are well connected to the Varanasi railway station allowing a convenient travel option to the passengers. You can hire a taxi or bus from the railway station to reach your destination.
Roadways– There are a number of buses plying daily from various major cities to Varanasi. Air-conditioned buses are also available making your trip a comfortable one.
The kind of experience this place offers will make you feel at peace away from all the daily chaos and stress.
So inorder to escape from the daily hectic schedule, one must definitely consider visiting this holy city atleast once in their lifetime.