of the most important centres of Hindu pilgrimage, Varanasi, on the banks of
the holy Ganges, has been the centre of education, religion, art, and
culture since ages unknown. The chanting of mantras and the hymns, the chime
of the temple bells and an air filled with the fragrance of incense sticks
together creates an ambience, which is seen by many as an ideal foreground
for attaining celestial bliss.
The Ghats : A Place of Purgation
The Ghats are, undoubtedly, the main attractions of this ancient city of
pilgrimage. People throng this place in huge numbers everyday to take a dip
in the holy waters and offer prayers at the temples built on the river bank.
According to popular belief, a dip in the holy waters here purges one of all
The Houses of God
In the temples, there is a concourse of thousands of devotees everyday. One
of these places of sanctity is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Dedicated to
Lord Shiva, it is popularly known as the golden temple. A 15.5 m high gold
plated spire adorns this temple. Among others, mention may be made of the
Tulsi Manas Temple, dedicated to Lord Rama, and the Durga Temple.
Benaras Hindu University
Spread over an area of 2000 acres, this is the largest and the oldest
university in North India. This great place of education was established by
Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya and today its campus has faculties of almost all
branches of studies.
This small but very well maintained museum gives an overview of the ancient
city of Varanasi. It contains a very rich collection of precious and rare
historical artefacts, statues, pictures, paintings and manuscripts.
Varanasi : Fact File
Distance From Agra :
Famous As :
A Place of Hindu Pilgrimage
The Ganga Festival, Ramlila, Buddha Purnima and
Mahashivratri are the celebrated with great pomp and show.
Varanasi has easy access from all parts of Indian.
The nearest airport is at Babatpur, 22 kms. Varanasi is an important railway
junction with rail links from all important Indian cities.
Places to Stay :
The city has a plethora of accomodation
facilities for tourists. There are even Dharamshalas which are available at