11 must visit places in Varanasi – City of Kashi Vishwanath
varanasi is the holy city of India which is also known as Benaras or Kashi. It is one of the oldest living cities in the world which is still develoving and regarded as the spritiul capital of India.
Varanasi is the home of Kashi Vishwanath. It is known as city of temples because here you will find more than 2000 temples and some of famous ghats.
According to hindu mytology this is the place of salvation and people comes here in search of salvation not just today but from last 3000 years.
This city is known for world renowned universities like Banaras Hindu University (founded by Madan Mohan Malvia), Sampurnanand Sanskrit University and the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth. Therefore the city is generally referred to as the city of temples or the city of learning.
Top 10 place to visit in Varanasi
1. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Kashi Vishwanath temple is an important temple located in Varanasi dedicated to Lord Shiva, Hindu God. It is one of the 12 holiest Shiva temples termed as jyotrilingas.Vishwanath refers to the term ruler of the universe.
The temple is located on the banks of River Ganges in Varanasi city. The temple is located 5 km away from the Varanasi railway station. Another railway station ” Manduadih ” is just 4 km away from the temple. You can reach the temple by taxi or auto rickshaw.
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2. Assi Ghat
This is one of the must visit places in Varanasi Assi Ghat is where pilgrims pay homage to Lord Shiva by worshipping a huge lingam situated under a peepal tree.The sight of the aarti here makes Varanasi one of the most beautiful cities in India.
3. Dashashwamedh Ghat
One of the most visiting Ghats of Varanasi – Dashashwamedh Ghat is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma to welcome Lord Shiva. The world-renowned aarti ceremonies of Varanasi are performed in this Ghat that’s situated very close to Kashi Vishwanatha Temple. The Aarti ceremonies are conducted twice a day, during dusk and dawn.
4. River Ganga
Bathing in River Ganges is considered as one of the holiest rituals in Hindu Religion.Boating in the Ganges River during sunrise is one of the popular attractions in Varanasi. We can observe here the Hindu way of life along the banks of the Ganges River.
5. Benaras Hindu university (BHU)
Banaras Hindu University formerly known as Central Hindu College, is a public central university located in Varanasi. It was established in 1916 by Madan Mohan Malaviya, with co-operation from Annie Besant. it is the largest residential university in Asia.
The university’s main campus spread over 1,300 acres was built on land donated by the Kashi Naresh Prabhu Narayan Singh, ruler of Banaras.
6. Ramnagar Fort
Ramnagar Fort that is situated opposite to Tulsi Ghat on the bank of River Ganga.It is 17-century old monument. The Fort features the combination of Indian and Islamic style of architecture. It is built with red sandstone and ornamented with marble and glassy stones. The fort consists of a temple shrine dedicated to Saint Ved Vyasa, the author of the great epic Mahabharata. The palace complex also consists of one of the most beautiful Darbar Halls in the Indian sub-continent. Among the prominent attractions of the fort, a museum that houses a large collection of ancient artifacts used by the Maharajas of Banaras in the bygone era and a huge clock that displays complex astronomical facts along with information such as Time, date, week and month are the most popular ones.
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7. Tulsi Manas Temple
It is the place where Ramcharitmanas Was Written by Tulsidas.The temple was funded by the Birla family and constructed in white marble in 1964.
8. Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
Located at the banks of River Ganga, this temple is one of the famous tourist attractions of Varanasi. This temple is known for its spirituality and historicity. Built by the Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in the 1900s, this temple is visited by the devotees of Hanuman as well as Lord Rama.
9. Kathwala Temple
This temple is famous for its wooden architecture work. It is believed that the temple was built by King of Nepal and thus, this shrine is also called Nepali Temple. It is situated in the Lalita Ghat and attracts many visitors in Varanasi. The intricate wood carving is what attracts visitors the most which reflects the style of Nepal Architecture.
Located 13 km from Varanasi, It is among the famous Buddhist pilgrimages in India that will give you the best Varanasi sightseeing experience. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, the Buddha came to Sarnath seeking his former companions and thus gave his first sermon here. Sarnath is known to be one of the best places to visit in Banaras.
Here you can see Dhamekh Stupa & Monastery Ruins, the Archaeological Museum, the Chaukhandi Stupa, the Ashoka Pillar, the Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, and the Chinese & Thai Temple and Monastery.
11. New Vishwanath Temple, BHU
Situated in the campus of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU),New Vishwanath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva along with the sculptures of multiple Hindu Gods and Goddesses in the campus.