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Varanasi Travel- The City of Light

Popularly known as Cultural capital of India, Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities of the world. The city has a past that dates back to 3500 hundred years, during which it has continuously been populated. Varanasi is a restoration of an ancient name meaning the city between two rivers - the Varuna and Asi. There are supposed to be 2,000 temples in Varanasi.

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Tourist attraction in Varanasi
» The Varanasi Ghats : Varanasi is famous for its ghats. Since the holy dip in the Ganga as is considered sacred, so numbers of Ghats were formed on the banks of the river Ganges. The Dasashvamedh Ghat offers a marvelous view of the river front. According to legend, it was executed by Brahma to pave way for Shiva's return to Varanasi after a curse of expulsion. Some of the other special ghats are the Asi, Barnasangam, Panchganga and Manikarnika, Ghats.

» Vishwanath Temple : Built in 1776, The holy Vishwanath temple is dedicated to Vishveswara-Shiva as lord of the universe. The towers of the temple are gold plated by 800 Kg of gold and was provided by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore some 50 years later. The temple was built by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore and non hindus are not allowed in temple.

» Bharat Mata Temple : Gifted by the nationalists Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta and Shri Durga Prasad Khatri, leading numismatists and antiquarians, its a unique temple devoted to Mother India, houses one of the most perfect relief maps of India carved out of marble.

» Tulsi Manas Temple : Built in 1964, The temple is located at the place where the great poet Goswami Tulsidas lived and composed the epic poem 'Ramcharitmanas' explicatory the history and deeds of Lord Ram. Built by a philanthropist family of Varanasi, this temple is dedicated to Lord Ram.

» Banaras Hindu University : Built in 1917, Benares Hindu university (BHU) is the largest residential university in Asia. Founded by the great nationalist Pandit Malaviya, has been a centre of learning for years. It has been a centre for education in Indian art, music, culture and philosophy, and for the study of Sanskrit. It is famous for Bharat Kala Bhavan which has a fine collection of miniature paintings, sculptures from 1st to 15th centuries.

Places to Visit in Varanasi
» Sarnath : 10 Kms away from Varanasi. The great Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath, after attaining enlightenment. Later Ashoka, the great Maurya Emperor established outstanding stupas and other buildings along with his mighty stone pillar, Dharmarajika Stupa. The 110 ft. tall Damekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon.

Sarnath Varanasi

» Chunar Fort : 22kms from Varanasi Travel, the imposing sandstone ramparts of Chunar command a wander in the Ganga before the river. Chunar sandstone has been used for centuries, most popularly in Ashoka pillars .

Buyer's Paradise
Varanasi is especially known for its handicraft and is famous for its silk You can also buy brass ware, ivory ware, gold jewellery, woodcraft, wall hangings and lamp shades, carpets and masks of various Hindu/Buddhist gods, goddesses and saints.

The main shopping areas are Chowk, Godowilia, Vishwanath Lane and Thatheri Bazar. The hand - knotted carpets of Mirzapur and musical instruments are among the other shopping attractions. 'Langda Aam', a variety of mangoes available in the summer, is quite famous in Benares

» By Air : Indian Airlines flies to Babatpur airport, which is 22 kms. from Varansi and 30 kms from Sarnath. Well connected to all major cities

» By Rail : Varanasi is a major railhead junction. The city is served by trains from all metros and major cities across the country

» By Road : Varansi, on (National Highway) NH2 from Calcutta to Dehli , NH2 to Kanya Kumari and NH 29 to Gorakhpur is connected literally to the rest of the country by good motorable, all weather roads.

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