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Varanasi

Varanasi, also known by the name of Kashi Banaras, is the most popular pilgrimage point for Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities, it is also one of the Shakti peethas and one of the twelve Jyotirlinga sites in India.


More than 3000 years old Varanasi is famous as the city of temples. Jyotirlinga Visvanath Temple or Golden Temple, rebuilt in 1776, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Jnana Vapo well (meaning ‘well of Wisdom) is believed to have been dug by Lord Shiva himself.


The Ganga Ghats (river front) are the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi and are centers of music and learning. Since time immemorial Varanasi is a great center of learning. The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years and has produced great saints and personalities like Guatama Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharya, Ramanuja and Patanjali

Varanasi Ghats

Varanasi is famous for its Ghats. The ghats are made in steps of stone slabs along the river bank where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions. Varanasi has more than 80 Ghats including Dashashwamedh Ghat, the Manikarnika Ghat, the Panchganga Ghat, and the Harishchandra Ghat. A morning and an evening boat ride on the Ganges across the ghats is a popular tourist attraction.

Some scenes of Varanasi Ghat

Varanasi Temple

Varanasi is famous for housing several temples. The temples in Varanasi have great religious and historical importance. There are many temples, erected at different times throughout the history of Varanasi. The most popular temples are Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Shiva, the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, and the Durga Temple.

Some scenes of Varanasi Temple

Sarnath

Sarnath is the place where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. After attaining enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, Buddha came to Sarnath, where he delivered his first sermon, or in religious language, set in motion the wheel of Law (maha- Dharmachakra Pravartan). On the day before his death, Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be sacred to his followers.

Some scenes of Sarnath

Chunar Fort

The Chunar Fort is located 14 miles (23 km) south west of Varanasi in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh, in India. The fort is skirted by the river Ganges on two sides. The fort was first constructed in 56 BC. The first Governor General of India, Warren Hastings also took shelter here when a rebellion broke out in 1781. His house can still be seen in the fort. The fort is often used as a backdrop for TV shows and Bollywood movies. It is not uncommon to find military presence here as this used to be a part of a training centre of the army.

Some scenes of Chunar Fort

Ramnagar Fort

The Ramnagar Fort is located near the Ganges River on its eastern bank, opposite to the Tulsi Ghat. It is the ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras. Maharaja Balwant Singh built this fort-palace in the eighteenth century. The fort is built in red sandstone. The Ramnagar fort has a temple and a museum within the grounds and the temple is dedicated to Ved Vyasa, who wrote Mahabharata, the great Indian epic. The fort houses a museum displaying the Royal collection which includes vintage Cars, Royal palkies, an armory of swords and old guns, ivory work and antique clocks.

Some scenes of Ramnagar Fort