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Varanasi city is one of the holiest cities in India. Find about travel and tourism in Varanasi/ Banaras city.


Location: In the Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India
Climate: Summer 43°C to 30°C, Winter 25°C to 3°C
Best time to visit: October to March
Nearest Airport: Varanasi Airport
Nearest Railhead: Varanasi Junction
Must Visits: Kashi Vishwanath and Sankat Mochan Temples
Language spoken: Hindi, Urdu and English
STD Code: +91-542

Varanasi is solace. Varanasi is peace. Varanasi is serene. Varanasi is everything a troubled heart seeks for and much more. Nobody knows when was this city established, leave alone who established it. Hindus maintain that the city is outside the earth and is situated on the 'Trident' of Lord Shiva. This might feel like a bit to cocky but everybody maintain, including non-Hindus that Banaras is simply out of this world. By the way Varanasi has been named after the two tributaries of Ganges that flows through the city named Varuna and Assi rivers. It was later changed to Benaras and re-christened Varanasi.

The city is known as the cultural capital of India; a sobriquet it truly deserves. The city has been the seat of learning since time immemorial. Various scholarly books have been written on the serene environment of this place. Tulsi Das composed Ram Charit Manas in this city only. A temple named Tulsi Manas Mandir marks this place. Even today, the city boasts off as many as 6 different universities within its fold, a feat almost unmatchable in India. Banaras Hindu University, popularly called BHU, is the largest residential University in Asia. The city is also famous for its var4ious temples. Kashi Vishwanath Mandir is considered the most important Jyotirlinga in India. This temple has been constructed and razed to ground numerous times in the course of History. Equally important are Sankat Mochan and Durga temple. While the former is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, a Bengali Maharani built the later in the 18th century in order to appease goddess Durga. Bharat Mata Mandir is unique in its own. The temple is dedicated to the human manifestation of India called Bharat Mata. The temple doesn't have any statue; instead it has a relief map of India carved out of Marble.

Any discussion on Varanasi is incomplete without mentioning its Ghats. There are more than 80 different ghats in Varanasi but the most notable among them are Dasaswamedh, Assi and Manikarnika ghats. The last one is renowned all over the world for cremation. The city is also famous for its silk embroidery work and has a specialty in Sarees. The city is also renowned for its musical instruments such as Sitar, Tabla and Shehnai. And yes, last but not the least any discussion on Banaras can be sealed without mentioning the mouth-watering Paan. Do take a mouthful before you say adieu to the city.