There are quite a few interesting excursion destinations around the city of Varanasi. These excursion destinations provide a welcome break from the monotony that Varanasi offers. So if you have had enough of 'Karma Talks' and you want to give rest to your otherwise troubled mind then these destinations are a must. All these sites are less than 100 kilometers from the heart of Varanasi therefore you won't need to stay back there.
Jaunpur is a bustling town 58 kilometers from Varanasi. The place has a
great architectural relevance. There are some beautiful mosques that
were built in a unique style that is part Islamic and part Hindu and
Jain. Founded by Feroze Shah Tughlaq in 1360 on an ancient site, Jaunpur
became the capital of the independent Muslim Sharqui kingdom. The most
impressive mosques were constructed between 1394 and 1478. Kaimur
Sanctuary is another famous excursion destination. Spread over an area
of 500 sq. kilometers the sanctuary has a variety of wildlife. The Mukha
waterfall is a major tourist attraction. Other famous excursions are as
Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 70 kilometers Southeast of
the cultural city of Varanasi. It can be plainly established that
Chandraprabha is one of the less known and neglected wildlife sanctuary
of India. Nevertheless is the best place around Varanasi to break the
monotony. The place is a strict no-no for the "Karma-chameleons"
but if all those talks about 'Karma' and 'Nimit Matra' have started
taking toll on your otherwise nascent brain, then Chandraprabha is a
place to be.
Chunargarh is located just 45 odd kilometers from Varanasi and falls in
Mirzapur district. The city has a very deep historical importance
because of the Chunar Fort that stands just off the town. It is said
that Maharaja Vikramaditya, the king of Ujjain established the fort of
Chunar as back as 56 BC. King Sahdeo who also built a stone umbrella
like cenotaph inside the fort in order to commemorate his victory over
52 different rulers later inhabited it.
There is a concept of Shaktipeeth in India. Shaktipeeth are actually
places where the Goddess of power or the female part of power is
supposed to be residing. The female part of Power has been named Shakti
and is worshiped in the form of Goddess Durga. Situated at the distance
of 90 Km from Varanasi, Vindhyachal is famous for its temples namely
Vindhyavasini, Asthbhuja and Kalikhoh.