Tourist places in varanasi, Places to visit in banaras

Tourist places in varanasi

Tourist places in varanasi

Tourist places in varanasi, Places to visit in banaras . India is the land of diversity and spirituality in which Banaras also known as Varanasi is one of the holiest cities in India. According to Hindu mythology, Banaras was founded by Lord Shiva. It is situated along the banks of river Ganga and played an important role in the development of Buddhism and Ravidassia. It has been a cultural center of India for many years and Hindus believe that death in this city will bring salvation which makes it a major center for pilgrimage. Not only as a cultural center but Banaras has emerged as one of the tourist attraction in India in many years. There are few places listed down where you can visit or things to do in Banaras which will refresh your soul. Tourist places in varanasi, Places to visit in banaras

1. A stroll through the ghats Banaras is known for its ghats.

All the ghats are lined along river Ganga. Some of the well-known ghats are Assi ghat, Manikarnika ghat, Harishchandra Ghat, Dashashwamedh ghat and Scindia ghat. You can visit there at sunset and walk along the ghats. The soothing beauty of the ghats and the never-ending Ganga will calm your mind and will give you inner peace. Also, don’t forget to have lemon tea at Assi ghat which is very famous. You can also visit on the other side of Ganga through the boat and walk through the sands and it will be the most beautiful experience.Tourist places in varanasi

Tourist places in varanasi

2. Ganga Aarti

When you visit Varanasi then seeing the Ganga Aarti is one of the top things that you should not miss. The magnificent beauty of the ceremony is undoubtedly a sight that you will cherish for a long time. Although Ganga Aarti has performed at each and every ghat but the one performed at Dashashwamedh ghat is considered the best one. It is approx 45 minutes ceremony where priests are chanting prayers and brass lamps of large sizes of around 4-5 kg are used to do the spiritual greeting. The whole place is so divine and the aroma of flowers and incense creates a heavenly blessing. The ceremony is performed every evening around 7 pm and if you wish to view it from the front then you should visit there an hour early.Tourist places in varanasi

Tourist places in varanasi

3. Boat ride in Ganga

One of the most fascinating things to do in Varanasi is to go for a boat ride in the river Ganga at either sunrise or sunset. The ride along the Ganga river is one of those experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime. I personally took an early morning ride and view the sunrise while having the boat ride. It fills you with spirituality and peace and you can see people taking bath there or performing the rituals. The ride generally takes one along different ghats and former places situated along the banks of river Ganga which gives a beautiful view of the river. There are many boats along the ghats and don’t pay more than 250 bucks for an hour-long ride.Tourist places in varanasi

Tourist places in varanasi

4. Visit Ramnagar fort and museum

The popular fort which is located on the eastern bank of Ganga is worth visiting if you are in Varanasi. The fort was built in the 17th century and it is known for its cream-colored Chunar sandstone which gives it a beautiful appearance. It has an eccentric museum. The museum is full of vintage cars, weaponry section along with plenty of antiques. This is one of the places which fascinates the tourists and it is the best representation of the Mughal style of architecture. You can also go for a boat ride beside the fort and enjoy the beauty of the fort along the river. Tourist places in varanasi

Tourist places in varanasi

5. Visit temples

Varanasi is known for its cultural importance so a visit to Kashi is incomplete without the best temples in the city. There are many temples located on almost every road across Varanasi. Although there are many temples the most popular one is Kashi Vishwanath temple which is also called Golden temple. This place is of interest because the Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is enshrined in here and it is one of the tourist attraction in Varanasi. There are also many other famous temples in the city like Durga temple, Kalbhairav temple, Mritunjay Mahadev temple, Sankatmochan temple and Tulsi Manas temple. Tulsi Manas temple is popular because it is that place where Ramcharit manas was first written and the walls of the temple are engraved with the verses of it. Tourist places in varanasi

Tourist places in varanasi

6. Godowlia market for shopping

How can a trip be completed without shopping that too when you are in Varanasi? This city is famous for its silk sarees and ornate jewels Godowlia is the main shopping areas where you can find a wide range of things from beautiful earrings, banarsi dupatta , silk sarees, shawls, carpets, bangles, deities and many more things. The Godowlia market is overflowed on both sides by little shops offering everything for day to day use. It is one of the known places in the city where you can enjoy your evening.Tourist places in varanasi

Tourist places in varanasi

7. Sightseeing in Sarnath

Sarnath is located a few kilometers away from Varanasi and it is great for one day trip. Varanasi is a religious center while Sarnath is a Buddhist center of religion. It is that place where Lord Buddha delivered its first sermon. It is a great place for those who have the keen interest in religion, history, and archaeology. There are many monuments there like Chaukhadi Stupa where Lord Buddha met his 5 disciples first in Sarnath and Dhamekh Stupa where Lord Buddha gave his first conversation about Dharma. There is also an archaeological museum and Ashoka pillar.Tourist places in varanasi

Tourist places in varanasi

8. Enjoying different cuisines

Every place has its own taste so do Varanasi also. No trip is complete without food. There is a wide range of street  food which you must try if you are in Kashi. There are different types of chaat like tamatar chaat and kachori chaat which is mouthwatering. Also, there are different types of lassi in the city like blue lassi or green lassi which is a must try. There are also many cafes like Open Hand café, Amu café, Lucy restaurant which you should visit if you want to have a different ambiance and freshness in your mind. The most famous taste of Banaras lies its paan which you should not miss.Tourist places in varanasi

Tourist places in varanasi

Report: Divya Mehra

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