Alamgir Mosque
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Gaspard N
Goa, India957 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
This splendid monument is maybe the most beautiful on the shore of the Ganga in Varanasi. According to Hindu militants, it was built on the site of an old Hindu temple (this kind of legends are told about a lot of other mosques), but the evidence is not entirely convincing and the sources are not really serious. According to others, the property was given to the mughal emperor Aurangzeb by a Hindu family after their daughter was protected by him against people with bad intentions.
Anyways this majestic mosque adds a special character to the banks of the Ganges, most of whose buildings are quite banal.
The view you see there is amazing. It is a must visit in Varanasi.
Written 29 January 2024
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Pranab Pal @paltravelogue
Navi Mumbai, India480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We went to Varanasi / Banaras for a week long trip during early March 2020 just before Coronavirus Pandemic erupt in India . 

This was truly a memorable trip for us of 2020 !

The last Ghat during boat ride from Assi Ghat on river Ganga was Panchganga Ghat …..
Located on the Panchganga Ghat, Alamgir mosque 🕌 is one of the most picturesque locations in Varanasi.
The mysterious architecture towering right above the Panchganga Ghat has attracted the attention of millions since the 17th century.
It’s rustic look and gigantic domes stand out against all the contemporary architectures developed around it.

History :
Known by the name of ‘Beni Madhav Ka Darera’ or Aurangzeb’s Mosque this architecture holds significant importance in the books of history.
Alamgir mosque 🕌 is located at the place where once stood a temple of Lord Vishnu( Beni Madhav Ka Darera). 
The French merchant Jean Baptiste Tavernier who made many voyages to India was awestruck by the beauty of the temple.
He mentioned the temple as “the great pagoda” in his travel account.

In 1663 Aurangzeb captured the Varanasi and demolished the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in 1669.
Bindu Madhav Temple was also destroyed in 1673 and Aurangzeb built the Alamgir mosque on the ruins of the temple.

The foundation of the temple was used for the construction of the mosque which is also believed to be as deep as the height of it.
Aurangzeb also added 2 minarets and 3 domes to give the structure a striking look. Each minaret was 163 feet long and was equipped with a staircase and a balcony.

Current status :
Today, the Alamgir mosque 🕌 stands atop the Panchganga Ghat.
It's eye-catching minarets are gone but it still manages to steal the charm.
Most of the traveller only watch it from a distance while they are riding the boat.
The view from the boat looks very impressive in the morning as well as in the evening.
😍😍😍

We request you to get down at Panchganga ghat and take a climb.
We bet you will love the sunset from here! 
🥰🥰🥰

How to Reach Alamgir Mosque :
The best way to reach Alamagir Mosque is by walking through the Ghats.
One can walk🚶 towards the Panchganga from Manikarnika Ghat or can take a boat ⛵from any Ghat to the Panchganga Ghat.

I highly recommend to keep Panchganga Ghat and Alamgir Mosque in your Varanasi / Banaras itinerary ! 👍👍
Written 4 January 2021
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Pete K
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Terrible place, Noisy loud, unhealthy environment with contaminated Food being served. This is one of Nightmares to visit
Written 24 November 2019
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vagabondginger
Alicante, Spain1,316 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
We worked our way thru the maze of alleyways sometimes blocked by cows to get to this site only to find it under reconstruction. Varanasi is the epicenter of the HIndu universe yet nearby is where Buddha preached his first sermon and here is one of the oldest religious monuments which is a mosque that was built on top of a HIndu temple. A guard keeper let my two companions go in for a look while I sat outside and watched him use a pink slingshot to scare off the monkeys. It's an imposing structure right on the ghats of the Ganges River at the far end of a line of temples.
Written 14 June 2019
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kushBans
237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
A great religious place to find peace. haven't been inside the mosque but still find it really mesmerizing.
Written 22 September 2018
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268yusufn
New Delhi, India493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
The alamgir mosque is really and beautiful and feels great to offer Namaz. Give loads of calm and happiness.
Written 28 February 2018
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Albia-Newton
Evanton, UK4,008 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
A really nice building - and a great place to visit.

Great views and a good spot for photography.

Well worth visiting
Written 19 July 2017
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flaneur40
New York City, NY1,718 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
This ghat is distinguished by the fact that the son of Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal) tore down a Hindu temple here and built a mosque on the site. He is the one who imprisoned his father in Agra Fort and then went on an anti-Hindu rampage.
Written 10 December 2016
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Kaniz K
Dhaka City, Bangladesh4,730 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
The mosque looked quite imposing on top of the ghats. We were told this is the highest point and from top one has a great view of Varanasi. Outside architecture of the mosque looks great with tall minarets all around. The temples of the Hindus surround it. We were told, there were never any problem between these two religions and they live happily together. The view from the boat looks very impressive in the morning as well as in the evening.
Written 20 November 2016
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pavankumarraju
Hyderabad, India559 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
Alamgir Mosque is situate at Panchganga ghat. We need to climb few steps to reach this mosque from Panchganga ghat. Veni(Beni) Madhav temple also situated opposite to this mosque. As i heard Aurangazeb occupied the Veni Madhav temple and constructed this mosque.
Written 20 April 2016
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