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||National Highway No. 2 On Delhi-Calcutta Route
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||The Ghats, Benaras Hindu University
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or Banaras is one of the oldest cities of India.
This city has
found place in the Buddhist scriptures as well the epic of Mahabharata. In
Pali language Varanasi was called Banarasi hence it got the name 'Banaras'.
Varanasi is also called 'Kashi' or the city of spiritual light. Kashi is the
place where Shiva and Parvati stood when the "time started ticking".
This ancient city of India is located on holiest river of
This relation is unique and has attracted thousands
of pilgrims. One theory also goes that Varanasi is located on the land
between the river Varuna and Assi hence the name Varanasi.
town also has its place in history with many events and incidents being
related with it. From time immemorial Varanasi has been the center of
education, religion, art and culture. For every visitor Varanasi has
different experiences to offer. The shimmering red and golden water of the
Ganges when rays of dawn falls on them, the high banks, the temples, the
Ashrams, the pavilions all are an experience in themselves. Chanting
of Mantras, the hymns along with the fragrance of incense in fills the air
with mysticism which entrails every person.
The refreshing dip in
the Ganges with the splashing of water along the ghats-- in Varanasi
discovery and experience takes to the ultimate bliss. Not only for its
temples, Ghats and Ganges Banaras has produced many exponents of art, music,
literature and crafts. These people were not different from others but it
was the tradition of Banaras which moulded them in the way they came out to
Why only the luminaries, Varanasi has excelled in the art of
silk weaving. The Banarasi silk sarees and brocades are cherished as
collector's items across the world. As a eternal city with rich and vibrant
past, it has no exquisitely carved palaces, no impregnable fort no
architectural splendour but still the city has an inherent charm of its own.
The ghats dotted with temples, the maze of alleys along
the ghats, what ever Varanasi has is enough to attract the visitor again and
The city which did not die even after being plundered many
times in is a true sense a fascinating area to wander around.
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple :
Major Attractions of Varanasi
This temple is dedicated to
Lord Shiva. It is popularly known as the golden Temple due the Gold plating
done on its 15.5 meter high spire. One tonne of gold donated by Maharaja
Ranjit Singh has been used in the gold plating of the spire. The temple was
destroyed in the various invasions and was rebuilt in 1776 by Rani Ahilyabai
of Indore. The Ghats Of Varanasi :
ancient city of pilgrimage, the bathing ghats are main attraction. People
flock here in large numbers every day to take bath and worship in the
temples built beside the river bank. Centuries old tradition to offer puja
to the rising Sun is still maintained.Bharat Kala
The Kashi Hindu university has a museum which has a very rich
collection of precious and rare historical artifacts, statues, pictures,
paintings and manuscripts. This small but very well maintained museum gives
an over view of the ancient city of Varanasi. Entry in the museum is free
but check out the timings. Benaras Hindu University
This is the largest and oldest university in north India. Spread over
an area of 2,000 acres, this great place of education was established by Pt.
Madan Mohan Malaviya. Today the campus has faculties of Arts, Science,
Music, Sanskrit, Languages, Engineering, Statistics and Medical to name a
few of them.
The university also has the huge Vishwanath temple
which was built and maintained by the Birla family. The Sunderlal Medical
center has all the modern facilities of medical field is also located in the
Places to Stay in Varanasi
Most of the Varanasi city is well equipped with the most
exclusive and sophisticated hotel accommodation. There are tourist lodges,
mid-range and Dharamshalas also available at resonable prices.
How to Get there
Varanasi is well connected by air to
several cities in India. It is on the popular daily tourist service
Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi route. Rail :
has two railway stations-Kashi and Varanasi Junction (also Cantonment
Station). We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the
local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.
Mathura is well connected by road with all major