Have you ever wanted to experience the most of any country in a short period of time? Probably a place where you can get the most of it in a short time.
well, in this blog post of mine I’m going to discuss abut one of such place where you can truly experience India in a short period of time.
So let us begin.
What is Varanasi?
Varanasi or Kashi or Banaras is one of the oldest city in the human civilisation. It is said when Lord Shiva summoned the Ganges, she went through Varanasi only, blessing its land and environment.
This holy town is located in Uttar Pradesh on the border of the Bihar. It’s being said that Varanasi is a spiritual capital of the India and whoever will take bath in it’s holy water will be relieved from their sins. No one knows whether it’s true or not, but people from around the world come here to give it a try.
Apart from this, Varanasi has the really rich history and you can see the influence of lots of different culture in this city.
From food lovers to travellers to the devotee this city has something for everyone. I personally feel if you wanna experience India and it’s culture then you should visit this place.
How to reach?
Varanasi airport is well-Connected to some of the major cities in India like Delhi and Mumbai. International tourists can board connecting flights from Delhi airport which is well-connected to all the major cities in the world.
Varanasi is connected to major cities of Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring states by state-run buses. Private air-conditioned buses are also available from nearby cities to Varanasi. Also if you want to come by road it has a really wide network of road. Located on the GT Road reaching here is no issue
The Varanasi railway station is connected to major cities of India via rail. From the railway station, tourists can hire a taxi or a cab to explore the city. Apart from it, it is nearly 20 km away from Mughalsarai railway station which is 4th busiest railway station in India
Where to stay?
There is a lot of accommodation options available in the Varanasi from the Budget hotels to bag packers hostels to lodges. You can stay anywhere on your preference and budget. Due to a vast number of tourist visiting here every year it has lots of 5-star hotels also.
But wherever you’re staying, don’t forget to book it in advance during festivals because during that period of that whole Varanasi is really crowded some of my personal preferences are given below\
Some of the famous Hotels are
Things to see
located on the bank of the river Ganges this is one place which you should not miss. To come here you have to come by a pontoon bridge which has a rickety platform. This bridge ride is a roller coaster ride in itself.
The fort was built by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh with creamy char sandstone in the eighteenth century. It has a typically Mughal style architecture with carved balconies, open courtyards, and picturesque pavilions.
To my surprise, this place is not well maintained. Apart from all the flaws, it’s worth a tour.
This place has an ancient car Museum. When I went inside, I was astonished by seeing the royal legacy the kings which they have passed on. In the basement, you could see some rally old vintage cars, Rolls Royce, citron ds and Cadillac are some of the names, but the saddest part is that instead of being such an impactful history, these vehicles are not maintained properly.
On the upper side of the fort you will come across with some of the arms and ammunition used by the kings and Maharajas of that era from the swords made of ivory to the gold-plated rifles the have everything. They have a whole dining table set made of ivory, it’s horrendous but true.
– Vishwanath Temple (BHU Main Campus)
located in the campus of the one of the world’s most prestigious university, Vishwanath temple is one of the largest Hindu temples in the India. With an astonishing height of 75 ft in total made by marble. Standing as the replica of the original Vishwanath temple it was established in 1965 on the vision of the Pandit Madan Mohan Malvia.
It is also known as the Birla temple because Birla society played a really vital role in the establishment of this Glorious temple. You can easily reach here from almost anywhere in the town and from the main gate it takes almost 10-minute ride to reach
When I saw this temple from outside I was splendid by its beauty. lustrous marble from which it is made of was providing a really divine shine to it which aroused as the symbol of prosperity and sanity. Inside the area of the temple it has a really good garden full of diverse biosystem where you will find a lot of people tourists as well as localities enjoying there time.
Outside the main temple you will find few small eateries, but don’t get fooled by their size they serve really amazing food which will leave you to astonished. I had Fried Rice and Paneer chilly which was really delicious and left me to crave for more.
Located in the southmost corner of the town Assi Ghat is one of the most famous ghats of the city. Every hour nearly 500 people visit this ghat and during festivals, it reaches up to 2500. A number which is good enough to leave anyone baffled. You can reach here easily from anywhere in the town either by sharing or booking the whole auto, but personally, I would recommend taking a sharing ride.
One thing that really amazed me about its neighbourhood was the food. There were Israeli, Chinese, Korean and even Arabic restaurants available near the area.
Overall Assi ghat is an astonishing place for any traveller.
Want to know more about this place?
Visit my other blog post about the Assi Ghat where I have shared a personal story about this beautiful place.
What else to do?
Apart from these places about which I have discussed you can also visit some other places like.
Vishwanath main temple
Tulsi Manas Temple
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For me, Kashi’s trip was more about introspection and endeavour for peace. I don’t know that I get what I wanted but a thing is for sure this trip had an immense impact on my life and I would always cherish the memory about this short but fruitful trip.
“Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legends and looks twice as old as all them put together”~Mark twain