Visit the Spiritual Capital of India, Varanasi
Visit the Spiritual Capital of India, Varanasi

Visit the Spiritual Capital of India, Varanasi

Visit the Spiritual Capital of India, Varanasi

Varanasi is a famous city in the northern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is recognised as the spiritual capital of India due to the construction of more than 2000 temples including Kashi Vishwanath and Golden Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has always been identified as an important centre in terms of trade and culture as well.

It got famed in the 11th century B.C. because it produced silks and brocades with gold and silver thread work. Along with its recognition as one of the large Hindu pilgrimage centres, it has been the centre of attraction to local and foreign tourists as well.

Places to Visit in Varanasi

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is situated on the western side of River Ganga and the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva also known as Vishwanath or Vishwaneshwar means 'Ruler of the Universe', this temple also contains several other shrines dedicated to Kaalibhairav, Lord Vishnu, Virupaksh Gauri, Vinayaka and Avimukteshwara.

This temple is one of the foremost temples of the Indian subcontinent and also had referred to in several Hindu mythologies and ancient scriptures. The architecture of this temple is well finished with intricate carvings along with the 800 kilograms of gold plating on its tower. This temple celebrates Hindu festivals like Maha Shivratri and Diwali which offers an illuminating view of this temple which looks beautiful.

Camera, Mobile Phones and other electronic devices are prohibited inside. Varanasi is famous because of its religious temples and traditions and Kashi Vishwanath Temple plays an important role to maintain that reputation. This place offers you positive and religious vibes which seems the perfect spot to be witnessed the worship ritual of one of the very ancient religions.

Assi Ghat

Assi Ghat is located at the meeting point of River Assi and Ganga and has been one of the popular Ghats among locals and tourists as well. This is also one of the best spots in Varanasi to enjoy the Sunrise and Sunset view.

This spot is a very busy spot due to the frequent visit of locals in the evening to relax and take a break from their busy life and also being surrounded by students due to the close existence of Banaras Hindu University.

This Ghat has been popularized by the references in many legends and Puranas and maintain its religious importance because of the existence of a large Shiva Lingam under the Peepal tree. Tourists can be witnessed the famous morning Arti which is a perfect start for a day and an evening boat ride from Assi to Dashashwamedh Ghat is another thing to praise in Varanasi.

Tibetan Temple

Tibetan Temple is a Buddhist shrine and it preserves its importance as a spot where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon and elaborate the four Truth of life, popularly known as 'Arya Satya' to his disciples.

This traditional Tibetan Architecture is well maintained and it has a beautiful statue of Shakyamuni, Prayer Wheels and is enriched with the traditional Buddhist Paintings identified as Thangksa and make you aware of different events of Lord Buddha's life.

This shrine reflects the Buddhist relation to this location and gives you a glimpse of the historical background of Buddhism. Along with the well-preserved Tibetan Architecture, this place offers you a chance to know the most peaceful religion of the world, Buddhism.

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Batuk Bhairav Mandir

It is a religious shrine dedicated to the Batu Bhairav, which is recognised as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is a popular place to worship for Aghoris and Tantriks and has been a religiously important shrine due to the sacred Akhand Deep and there is believed related it that it has been burning for ages another legend is that the oil of this lamp is said to have healing powers.

It gives you the basic function of Hindu customs and worship rituals. This religious place gives you a religious environment that seems perfect to explore your spiritual side.

Tulsi Manasa Temple

Built in 1964, Tulsi Manasa Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and is named after his follower and the saint-poet Tulsi Das. This temple looks very attractive because the exhibiting some inscriptions from Ram Charit Manas on temple walls.

This temple is full of carvings depiction from the various episodes of Ramayana. This temple also displays the puppet show on the Ramayana theme in the months of Saawan, July to August which is an enjoyable experience and fun to be a witness. The festival of Ram Navami this festival is illuminating with lights which makes this shrine more attractive.

Dashashwamedh Ghat

One of the most prominent religious spots of Varanasi, this place is related with a belief that it was a spot where Lord Brahma performed Dasa Ashvamedha sacrifices and with the addition of the evening Ganga Arti this Ghat enhances its religious importance and in terms of popularity, it is always in the list of travellers to visit.

Every traveller visiting Varanasi is aware of the joyous ritual of evening Ganga Arti. This Ghat looks more beautiful and illuminating in the festival of Diwali which is an amazing experience to have in Varanasi.

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Best time to Travel Varanasi

The Winter Season in Varanasi is considered from November to February and Varanasi's temperature ranges between degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius. In this season Varanasi's weather is quite cool and pleasant and recognised as most favourable to enjoy the Varanasi city.

Tourists can engage in activities like exploring the city, sightseeing strolls and relaxing at the side of the holy river while piping hot tea or coffee taking an early morning boat ride to enjoy the sunrise view is a priceless experience.

Do not forget to explore some religious shrines of this holy city such as ISKCON Temple, Durga Temple, New Vishwanath Temple and Batuk Bhairav Temple and one of the most memorable experiences of evening Ganga Arti with the background of lip up the entire city is just splendid.

This is the peak season of this location and plenty of tourists visit here hence; it is suggested to make a booking of your accommodations and hotels in advance.

The Summer Season in Varanasi is marked from March to June and Varanasi’s temperature stays between 32 degrees Celsius to 46 degrees Celsius.

In this season Varanasi’s weather is quite hot and humid and unfavourable to travellers to engage in multiple activities but the area around the Ghats is preferably cooler hence; Dashashwamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, and Kedar Ghat will be the spots to relax and take in the breeze.

It is a season to celebrate the festival of colours, Holi which is one of the joyous festivities of Varanasi. However, in this season the weather is not very pleasant but simultaneously if you are looking for a budget holiday then it is the favourable season for you to visit due to the easy availability and low rates.

The Monsoon Season in Varanasi stays from July to October and Varanasi's temperature fluctuates between 25 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius. Monsoon brings some sort of relaxation from the heat of the summer season and Varanasi witnessed heavy rainfall.

The weather is pleasant and bearable; numbers of visitors visit Varanasi in this season as well. The flow of the River Ganga is quite dangerous in this time of rainfall but it is also a thrilling view to catch. This is also the season when travellers will find some great deals on accommodations.

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How to Reach Varanasi

How to Reach Varanasi by Air- Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport or Varanasi Airport is the domestic airbase and nicely connected to other major capitals like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Khajuraho, Goa and Kolkata.

Plenty of domestic airline carriers does operate regular flights to Varanasi Airport such as Air India, Spice Jet and IndiGo. Once you reach the airport you can easily hire a cab or taxi to reach your destination.

How to Reach Varanasi by Train- The Varanasi Railway Junction and Kashi Railway Station both serves Varanasi as main railheads and are very well connected to other major prime cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Dehradun and Lucknow.

Numbers of trains are available to Varanasi such as MUV Festival SPL, NDLS BBS SPL, Gaya Festival SPL, RJPB Hamsafar SPL and BSB Garibrath run regularly. Travellers can take a bus or hire a taxi and cab to further travel from outside the railway station.

How to Reach Varanasi by Road- Varanasi is widely connected to other prime cities like New Delhi at a distance of 842 kilometres, Allahabad which is approximately 120 kilometres away, Lucknow resides at a distance of 315 kilometres, Patna which is 252 kilometres far and Ranchi at a distance of 435 kilometres via smooth and well-maintained roads.

Tourists do have options of luxury air-conditioned buses to comfortable journeys and either the option of non-luxury and semi-luxury state or private buses to Varanasi. If you are heading from Lucknow, you can take NH-2 and NH-28 to Varanasi which takes around 6 to 7 jour drive.

5 Star Accommodation Hotels in Varanasi

Hotel Madin is located at Varanasi Cantonment and provides you with the services of Bar, Bakery, Restaurant, Café, Gym, Yoga, Spa, Massage, Steam and Sauna, Rental Vehicles, Multilingual Staff, Currency Exchange, Childcare Services, Paid Pickup and Drop and Pub along with some other amenities.

Taj Ganges Varanasi is residing near Varanasi Railway Station and offer you the services of Bar, Café, Restaurant, Bakery, 24-hour Coffee Shop, Barbeque, Currency Exchange, Yoga, Gym, Meditation Room, Spa and Massage, Steam and Sauna and Paid Airport Transfers with some other services.

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham JHV, Varanasi is situated at Varanasi Cantonment and it gives you facilities of Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, ATM, Parking, Concierge Service, Dining Area and 24-hour Help Desk and some basic facilities. All these mentioned accommodation options provides installed sanitisers, gloves, and masks due to safety reasons.

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