Varanasi Tourism

“The city of cities” – Varanasi

“The city of cities” – Varanasi Tourism

Famously known as Banaras or Kashi, the holy city of Varanasi is located on the banks of river Ganga and is considered the holiest city in India owing to its location and history and the numerous temples in it.

The city of temples or Banaras, as it is popularly known, is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganga. Said to have been discovered by Lord Shiva, this town has immense historical as well as religious importance. Not just a place where pilgrims throng to visit the temples, Varanasi is also the destination where most people come to spend their last days as it is believed that an individual who dies in this sacred place can attain salvation. Varanasi is one of the oldest continually inhabited places in the world and oldest in India.

Its narrow lanes are filled with temples, fabulous food outlets, cows and bulls standing midway and numerous people flocking here and there. Varanasi is also called the “Galiyon ka sheher”, meaning the city of lanes, “the city of temples”, “the religious capital of India”. It is also called the “city of learning” as it has always been a big learning centre since the ancient past. The Banaras Hindu University, one of the oldest and largest Indian universities is also situated here. Varanasi is also famous for its Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which houses one of the 12 revered Jyotirlingas. Sarnath, which is one of the biggest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists, is located nearby and Varanasi is typically the base to visit Sarnath. However, the most major attraction here is the River Ganga itself. The evening ritual, called the Ganga Aarti is a must see for everyone, without which, perhaps, a visit to Varanasi is incomplete.

What's Great?

  • Rich in Heritage and Culture.
  • Well connected to all major cities across the world.
  • Beautiful architectural monuments.
  • Delicious street food.

What's not so Great?

  • Summers can be very extreme in Delhi.
  • Temperatures can soar over 40 degrees Celsius.
  • Unsafe after working hours.

Varanasi is suitable for

Varanasi is suitable for every generation – be it aged people wanting to visit the monuments that are milestones in Indian history, or teenagers coming in to enjoy a taste of the most amazing kind of nightlife, or just another traveller looking to explore the beautiful city.

Best Time to Visit Varanasi

The Sacred city of Varanasi is one of the major pilgrimage destinations among the Hindus and the Buddhists.

On the banks of the river Ganga, this ancient city exhibits its eccentric traits through the rituals and the culture. It witnesses an inflow of a large number of visitors throughout the year. Seated on the northern belt of India, Varanasi experiences the extreme weather conditions, marked by very hot summers and chilly winters.

Even though it might get nippy in the peak months, the best time to visit is with the onset of winter.

Summer (March – June)The summers are dry, sunny and humid with the temperature ranging from 32 to 46 degrees Celsius. People usually avoid traveling to Varanasi around this time; especially in the months of May and June as they are considered the hottest. Hot dry winds called ‘loo’ blow across the area, making it harder for the purpose of sightseeing. This season receives occasional showers too. Walking along the Panchganga Ghat (believed to be the confluence point of the five invisible rivers) in the evening is refreshing.

Monsoon (July – September)Varanasi, with the onset of monsoon experiences the fall in temperature, and the real beauty of the city come in front in its drenched state. The monsoon in Varanasi is accompanied by heat, humidity and moderate rainfalls. It is a bit difficult to travel around this time, but the tourists are attracted to the freshness and beauty of the place.

Autumn (October – November)The best time to visit Amritsar is between November and March, when the weather is comparatively pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and visiting the Golden Temple. … July to October – After the scorching heat of the summers, the monsoon season brings a welcome relief to the city of Amritsar.

Winter (December – March)You can make the most of your trip to Varanasi by visiting around the winter season, the temperature ranges from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius. The boat rides on the Ganga, visiting the different temples and exploring the vibrant city is made double fun if done in the winter season. Some great festivals of the country fall around this time and take the pleasure in the customs and rituals of the locals.

Other Places Near Varanasi

Dasaswamedh Ghat,Sarnath,Ganges River,Manikarnika Ghat

How To Reach Varanasi

In view of the fact that not just a large number of religious minded Hindu devotees but also many common tourists visit the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Indian Holiday provides extensive online information on How to reach Varanasi.

Mark Twain had once very famously remarked that Varanasi is older than history, legends and traditions and it looks twice as old with all of them put together. But it is its quaint charm which works in favor of it. People are attracted by the labyrinthic narrow winding lanes, the temples which date back to centuries and the ghats, many of which are associated with religious legends. It is also well known for the lovely Benarasi saris.

How to Reach Varanasi by Flight

Varanasi has a domestic airport. Regular flights connect Varanasi to some of the most important cities in India. These cities are home to international airports and are linked to several major cities of the world.

So no matter in which part of the world you are just take a flight to the national capital of India and from there avail of any of the corresponding flights to Varanasi. There are daily Flights to Varanasi from Delhi via Agra and Khajuraho. Carriers include the state owned Indian Airlines as well as several other private operators.

How to Reach Varanasi by Road

Being located on the National Highway 1, Amritsar is well connected by road. Daily bus services, including both government and private run, to and from Ambala, Patiala, Delhi, Chandigarh and Jammu. For transportation within the city, you can take rickshaws, auto rickshaws, taxis or buses.

How to Reach Varanasi by Train

Varanasi is also well connected to several of the other important Cities in Uttar Pradesh by a good road network. Other than the state government buses that ply between Varanasi and the other main cities and towns, one can also avail of some of the other public means of transport. Many private buses run, cars and jeeps can also be hired by visitors when commuting from a particular part of the state of Uttar Pradesh to Varanasi.

Commuting Within Varanasi

Auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, local buses and taxis are other means of transport. Cab aggregator services like Uber and Ola are also good options to travel within the city.

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