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Temples in Varanasi

Varanasi is famous as a city of Temples. There are about 2000 Temples in Varanasi and almost every road crossing has one. These small temples form the basis of daily local prayers and other rituals. There are many important temples, built at different times throughout the history of Varanasi. Varanasi is the most acclaimed pilgrim place in Hindu religion. Devotees from all parts of India as well as the world visit the temples of Varanasi. Most of the important Temples in Varanasi are located along the banks of holy River Ganga. Most important temple on the Ganga River bank is Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Other important Temples are Sankat Mochan Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple, Annapurna Temple and Kaal Bhairav Temple.

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Ghats in Varanasi

Riverside of Varanasi consists of a long sequence of Ghats. Varanasi city’s life revolves around its seven kms long stretch of at least 84 Ghats. Most of the Ghats are bathing Ghats, while others are used as cremation sites. Boat ride on River Ganges across the Ghats is a popular visitor’s attraction. The long stretch of Ghats makes for the lovely river front with large number of shrines. Steps in the Ghats lead to the banks of River Ganga, including the world famous Ghats such as Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Panchganga Ghat and Harishchandra Ghat. Hindus consider it auspicious to die in Varanasi, so some Ghats are known as burning Ghats, where bodies are cremated before their ashes are placed in River Ganga.

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Shopping in Varanasi

Silk weaving is the most popular art of Varanasi and renowned Banarasi silk sarees made here form an essential part of not only an Indian bride's ward robe but also in the ward robe of women attending marriages. Banarasi silk sarees are also worn by Indian women for attending functions and also during festivals. Local silk is a popular buy and is frequently exported to places abroad. The world-famous gold and silver brocades and richly worked sarees are known to have passed on from generations to generations much like family jewels without losing their charm. Besides Banarasi sarees and brocades, you may opt for wonderful pieces of brassware, copperware, wooden and clay toys and antique designs of heavy gold jewellery in Varanasi.

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Eating Out in Varanasi

Varanasi offers a long list of eateries. Almost everywhere in town there is a good restaurant to eat. These restaurants offer choice of food and price range but most of them are affordable. Most of the old city cafés are vegetarian and alcohol is not permitted. For your breakfast try traditional snack which includes kachori along with vegetable and accompanied with jalebi (sweet) sold in the old city next to the Ghats but best offered in the kachori gali. Street corner food shops make sweets, famous creamy rabari (thickened milk) and cool thandai and lassi (sweet yogurt drink). Travellers may experimental and try various food options to choose from. The paan shops offer paan (betel) with masala (spice often used in curry) or tobacco.

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Banaras Hindu University

Banaras Hindu University having a green and peaceful campus was built by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya during the time of Indian freedom struggle in year 1916. Banaras Hindu University is known as Oxford of the east and renowned as the largest residential university of Asia having over 60 hostels for resident students. Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya was a prominent lawyer as well as an Indian independence activist and considered education as the primary means for achieving a national awakening. Banaras Hindu University has approximately 140 independent departments with over 20,000 students, and includes students from over 34 nations. Banaras Hindu University also houses the famous Bharat Kala Bhavan, a museum of Art and Archeology.

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Ramnagar Fort in Varanasi

Ramnagar Fort is ranked highly amongst the Monuments in Varanasi. The Fort was magnificently built in 1750 by Kashi Naresh Maharaja Balwant Singh is ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras. The royal family of Banaras, also known as Maharaja of Kashi continues to reside in this Fort. Darbar Hall also known as the hall of public audience is the most prominent structure of the Fort. Ramnagar Fort attracts tourists from all over. The Fort houses a Temple and a museum within the premises. The Temple in Ramnagar Fort is dedicated to Ved Vyasa, who wrote Mahabharata, the great Indian epic. As per legends Ved Vyasa stayed within the Fort for a brief period. Ramnagar Fort also houses a museum displaying the Royal collection of the Kings of Banaras.

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Boating in Varanasi

Boating in Varanasi is a unique experience by itself especially in the morning. The boatman rows the boat along River Ganga and you hear the sound of water being cut through along with temple bells at the Ghats. The view of the Ghats from River Ganga during boat ride is awesome. A boat trip along the Ganges allows for unmatched views of the Ghats, when pilgrims bathe, practice yoga, pray and meditate. The best time to make the trip is early morning, say around 5.30 am when it is cool, the early morning light is particularly inspiring when all the colour and clamour of pilgrims bathing and performing puja discloses before you. An hour long trip from Dashashwamedha Ghat to Harishchandra Ghat and back to Dashashwamedha Ghat is very popular.

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Sarnath in Varanasi

Both Sarnath and Varanasi are popular among tourists as Buddhist/Jainism and Hindu pilgrimage but they have different feeling and aura attached with them. While Varanasi is loud and noisy, Sarnath is calm and serene. If you want a relaxed outing away from the crowd of Varanasi, give a quiet visit to Sarnath and you will feel that you are in a completely new world. Sarnath is an exceptionally serene place. Sarnath (also called as Sarangnath, Mrigadava, Migadaya, Rishipattana and Isipatana) is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centres in India. Buddha, after attaining enlightenment in Bodh Gaya came to Sarnath and in the Deer Park delivered his first sermon, or in religious language, set in motion the Wheel of Law (Maha-Dharmachakra Pravartan).

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