Since time immemorial, pilgrimages have been the main attractions in India's cultural dictionary. Varanasi on the shore of the sacred Ganges is a city of temples in Uttar Pradesh. The divine destination of 3000 years ago is also popular with the name of Kashi or Benaras. The towering temples and ghats melt holy smoke in all the atmosphere, which fascinate the soul of travelers until their last breath.
According to Hindu mythology, Varanasi was once the heavenly home of Lord Shiva. The ghats, temples and space of every minute here reproduce the rhythm of Indian art and literature and, therefore, people label the place as the cultural capital of the country.
A notable point in Varanasi is that, Ganga flowing in the southeast direction, has reversed its course and flows for a while. Altogether, there are 81 bathing ghats and a number of sacred tanks in the city. A bath in the three main ghats such as Manikarnika, Dasaswamedha and Pancha-ganga is thought to reach Nirvana. It is also called tri-tirthi yatra. An addition of Asi Sangam and Varana Sangam is called Pancha-tirtha yatra.
Famous Varanasi temple
The glittering temple city is home to around 2000 shrines. The Kashi Vishwanath temple, dedicated to Shiva is the most important of all temples. Other temples to visit are the Bharat Mata temple, the Durga temple, the new Vishwanath temple, the Sankat Mochan temple, the Tulsi Manas temple, the Vishwanath temple, the Bindu Mahadava temple and many others.
Activities not to be missed in Varanasi:
A temple tour in Varanasi is incomplete if travelers miss the following activities:
- River cruises in the mighty Ganges
- Enjoying Ganga Arti
- Shopping for silk saris and antique jewelry
- Achieving spirituality in various yoga and meditation centers such as Man Mandir, Gayan Pravah, Kashi Yoga Sangh, Sankat Mochan
How to reach Varanasi:
Varanasi Airport is 25 km from the city center. Daily domestic flights operated by Indian Airlines, Kingfisher, Jet Airways and Spice Jet operate flights between Varanasi and Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, etc.
On the train:
Kashi Junction and Varanasi Junction are the two railway stations in the temple city. The express train served at regular intervals to help travelers reach their destination on time.
On the road:
Frequent public and private buses connect Uttar Pradesh and the surrounding areas.