The land, famously known by the names Banaras and Kashi, is located on the banks of river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh and comes under holiest places list of India. It is also one of the oldest cities in the world.
Banaras is majorly popular for its evening prayer at river Ganges. If you are planning your next visit here, then don't forget to attend it. Leaving Banaras without participating in this prayer makes your journey incomplete.
It is said that this holy land was founded by Lord Shiva, according to Hindu mythology. It has many religious beliefs and there are so many temples that Banaras is considered as one of the most sacred places in India.
Banarasi Silk and Banarasi Paan are famous among tourists.
How to reach?
Varanasi is well-connected with all the major cities of India.
It has its own international airport but serves less international flights whereas almost all the domestic flights from nearby cities are very regular. Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, formerly known as Varanasi Airport is located in Babatpur and is 26 km far from northwest of Varanasi.
Road trip to Varanasi is convenient because you will get a chance to explore nearby cities. Hundreds of pilgrims visit Varanasi throughout the year; this could be a reason that roads to Varanasi are well maintained.
The distance to Varanasi from Allahabad is 130 km (2 hours and 40 minutes), Kanpur is 331 km (5 hours and 30 minutes), Lucknow is 319 km (6 hours), Patna is 252 km (6 hours and 50 minutes), Agra is 614 km (9 hours and 40 minutes), Gwalior is 591 km (10 hours), Vrindavan is 678 km (10 hours and 30 minutes), Delhi is 833 km (12 hours and 30 minutes) and Jaipur is 852 km (13 hours).
Places to visit:
The trip to Varanasi is imperfect without attending evening prayer at river Ganges. It is the primary point of interest here.
Well... There are many places to explore in Varanasi, but some of the interests are:
1. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
2. Dashashwamedh Ghat
3. Ramnagar Fort
4. Asi Ghat
5. Tulsi Manasa Temple
6. Manikarnika Ghat
7. Chaukhandi Stupa
8. Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
9. Sarnath Museum
10. Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary
11. Durga Temple
12. Chet Singh Ghat
Where to stay?
Varanasi offers all the ranges of hotels. From a five-star hotel to a mid range hotel to a guest house, Varanasi has it all. However, if you seriously want to make your trip memorable then accommodate yourself near river Ganges.
Best time to visit:
This sacred city always filled with pilgrims throughout the year. However, the best time to explore Varanasi is in winters. Summers here are generally harsh and makes it difficult for tourists in sightseeing.
It is advisable to book your travel in advance if you are planning to visit Varanasi in winters because it is the peak travel time here.
Food to eat:
Varanasi offers many lip-smacking delicacies on every corner of the city and with the essence of Bihar. It doesn't matter whether it is proper food or chaat or desserts or drinks, there are plenty of options available that will make you go crazy for them.
Varanasi is majorly famous for its Paan and Bhang, but there are other delicacies also you must try and taste. Some of them are:
1. Bati Chokha
2. Banarasi Kalakand
4. Aloo Tikki
5. Butter Toast
7. Jalebi with hot milk
8. Dum Aloo
9. Lassi topped with malai and drops of rose water
10. Badam Sharbat
11. Pani Puri
14. Tamatar Chaat
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