Places to visit in Varanasi

Top Things to Do in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Places to Visit in Varanasi

Top Attractions in Varanasi

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  • Bijit Purkayastha
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India6 contributions
    Awesome. Enjoy the ghats in the morning, evening and night. Soak in its offerings, engage in self reflection, simply laze around and see the world go by. Experience the unexpected, cultural kaleidoscope unfurl in front of your eyes. Accept all it has to offer and don't be judgemental.
    Written 1 December 2023
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  • jaimezcabezuelo
    Ibiza, Spain3 contributions
    Very nice place and good driver, He explained the route to us at all times and was very kind and honest.
    Written 29 November 2023
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  • Vijaylakshmi Sewnarain
    17 contributions
    Seen pictures & heard about it but being there and experiencing it live was such a deep, spiritual experience. 🙏 I preferred sitting on the steps rather than watching from the boats
    Written 7 November 2023
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  • Andrea438
    Milan, Italy503 contributions
    Before dawn, Subah-e-Banaras is held at Assi Ghat. It is very interesting because, beyond the ceremony, it will give you the opportunity to see the sunrise from one of the main Gaths. The program includes a religious part "Ganga Aarti" which begins the day, followed by a session of traditional Indian music and ends with a yoga session led by a master, in which you can freely participate.
    Written 18 November 2023
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  • ANAND
    Kochi (Cochin), India4 contributions
    It's a unbelievable place in uttar pardesh.
    Visit with girlfriend.did full fun and all.
    Will see soon......🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏💞
    Written 30 September 2023
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  • Ricardo Mendonça
    5 contributions
    Thanks Ruchika and Sundeep for your kindness and frienship!
    Every time i go to Varanasi i visit Ruchika Art Gallery to see her paintings and talent. Hope to meet you soon in 2024 again
    Namaste
    Ricardo
    Written 4 December 2023
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  • babita13
    Jaipur, India332 contributions
    Visited this temple in the evening or in night after the ganga Arti. the rickshaw was not allowed to come in night. We have got the facility of VIP darshan so entered from gate no. 4
    We kept all our belongings in the lockers outside the temple as only small wallet was allowed. we had the prasad from the shop where we kept our purse and went inside the temple.
    as we entered inside from gate 4 it was a very peaceful experience. the premises was very neat and clean and after some security check we reached to the temple where the Arti was going on and as soon as the Aarti was finished we got the chance to enter inside the temple. There was huge rush and people was just falling on each other. They just push you and you did not get a chance to take the glimpse of the linga.
    For me it was very bad experience as I still not have any impression of inside of temple and my mother was just saved by one of my college.
    Rest of the temple was very beautiful.
    Just sit and feel the Ganga there.

    Written 16 September 2023
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  • Primal Survivor
    India309 contributions
    Visited in 2017 when varanasi was still trying to be less chaotic , less crowded and even less dirty.
    Heard the administration has changed a lot in matters of upkeep.
    Ganga arti is a must. Take a boat ride not the polluting steamer (if they still operate i hope not)
    Its lesson in mythology and one must go through the process atleast once.
    Don't tip / pay
    Connecting with faith doesn't need money !
    Written 21 July 2023
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  • srk-rk
    Hyderabad, India260 contributions
    The Vishwanath temple is inside the BHU campus. It is very calm and serene without large crowds. Temple is large and magnificent.
    Written 15 October 2023
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  • Andrea438
    Milan, Italy503 contributions
    If you have chosen a hotel overlooking the Gaths, with a suggestive evening walk along the Ghats you will arrive at the place where this Hindu ritual takes place, composed of various offerings by the officiants dedicated to one or more deities. Go in time to occupy a seat in the area overlooking the sacred area or on one of the terraces of the adjacent buildings, for a payment of one hundred rupees. Also recommended solution to have a better field of vision.
    Written 18 November 2023
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  • Anand1351
    Singapore, Singapore2,732 contributions
    Trip to Varanasi is not completed without visiting the mighty Sankat Mochan temple.
    A divine place to be and tastiest Prasad you will ever find anywhere in India.
    Spend some time there sitting and enjoying the vibes.
    Written 10 November 2023
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  • Windserve
    Mumbai, India53 contributions
    Present augmented structure built by the famous queen , Rani Bhabani of Natore (now in Rajshahi of Bangladesh). She lived an austere personal life, and built hundreds of works for the good of her subjects. To Varanasi , she gave this Temple. The red color is most auspicious and associated with Goddess Durga, who is the warrior form of the spouse of Lord Shiva. The worship of Shiva and Parvati is Shaktism and all the lands east of this were under its sway. Originally dating from very ancient times, this is an important Temple of Durga who is also mentioned as the Adi Parashakti or Supreme formless monotheistic Power transcending all Gods and Matter- everything in the spiritiual and material world, past, present and future. One meditating on this from heart and achieving a spiritual liberation is free of all bonds.
    The Temple has a fire-altar and beautiful image of Durga. Temple images are imbued with the spirit of the God, and in the case of Durga we must meditate on her transcendental form of pure power too, after seeing/worshipping the image. The Temple is in a ancient North India style called Nagara which started from Kushan times and is different from South Indian style.. (The color also reminiscent of brick color or terracotta used in Bengal.).Quarters for residence of priests household.
    Written 7 January 2020
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  • Discover820205
    70 contributions
    I visited the Birla temple inside BHU campus . Very good discipline maintained by secunity . It is free. Parking available outside.
    Written 16 October 2023
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  • seema60
    Toronto, Canada910 contributions
    This museum contains the four headed Ashoka lion which fell of the Ashoka pillar which is in the Sarnath ruins. It also has a beautiful Buddha statue which shows the first sermon by the Buddha at Sarnath. There are several interesting artefacts in this museum.
    Written 25 January 2023
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