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Tourism of Varanasi or Banaras in vacations has grown by
leaps and bounds with a great arrival of tourists from throughout the
world who have been charmingly attractive to the travelers. Varanasi is
the beautiful religious place of Uttar Pradesh. It is the major city of
Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is situated bank of a beautiful River Ganga.
It is the most charming tourist destinations of India. Varanasi is also
known as Kashi.
Spiritual Tour of Uttar Pradesh covers almost all the famous and
important pilgrims centers of Uttar Pradesh like Kashi or the city of
spiritual light, in this ancient city of pilgrimage, the bathing ghats
are main attraction. People flock here in large numbers every day to
take bath in the Ganga River. Banaras or Kashi is the place where
Shiva and Parvati stood when the "time started ticking". The
oldest city Varanasi or Banaras has found place in the Buddhist
scriptures as well the epic of Mahabharata. Varanasi was called
Banarasi in Pali language hence it got the name 'Banaras'. Other story
is related Varanasi that city is located on the land between the river
Varuna and Assi hence the name Varanasi. Varanasi is also
the center of education, religion, art and culture.
famous places are situated nearby Varanasi or Banaras like Vishwanath
Temple, Banaras Hindu University, Tulsi Manas Temple, Durga Temple, Ram
Nagar Fort & Museum and Bharat Mata Temple. Vishwanath temple is the
most sacred temple in Varanasi and is dedicated to Vishveswara-Shiva as
lord of the universe. Vishwanath temple is also known as Golden Temple.
The present temple was built by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore in 1776,
800kg of gold plating on the towers, which gives the temple its informal
name, was provided by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore some 50 years
later. The original temple was damaged by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
Hindu University (BHU) was built in 1917. It is the largest
residential university in Asia. Benaras Hindu University (BHU) was
founded by the great nationalist Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya as a centre
for education in Indian art, music, culture and philosophy, and for the
study of Sanskrit. The modern marble shikhara style Tulsi Manas Temple
is situated 150m south of Durga Temple. It was built in 1964. Tulsi
Manas Temple is on the spot where Saint Tulsidas composed the Ramayana
in Hindi (The Ramacharitamanas). Durga Temple is one of the most
famous important temples in Varanasi. Durga Temple was built by Bengali
maharani in the 18th century. It is built in north Indian Nagara style
with a multi-tiered shikhara (spire).
Ram Nagar Fort & Museum is situated an
opposite bank of river Ganga, this 17th century fort is the home of the
former maharaja of Benaras. Bharat Mata Temple is dedicated to 'Mother
India'. Bharat Mata Temple has a marble relief map of India instead of
usual images of gods & goddesses.
Many famous fair festivals are held on
Varanasi city like Ganga Festival, Kartik Purnima, Buddha Purnima,
Bharat Milap, The Ram Lila, Hanuman Jayanti, Mahashivratri and
The Dhrupad Mela. The Festival experience like none other awaits you
at Ganga Festival at Varanasi. Kartik Purnima is celebrated in the month
of November-December. Buddha Purnima festival is celebrated during the
month of May with pomp and gaiety in Sarnath. Around Dussehra Bharat
Milap fair is held in Nati Imli which celebrates the return of Lord Rama
from 14 years of exile. It is held in the month of October / November.
The Ram Lila of Ramagar is famous far and wide. It is based on the
Ramcharitamanas by Tulsidas. It is also held during October / November.
This festival again is based on the Ramayana.
Jayanti festival is celebrated to mark the birth of the monkey God
Hanuman. Hanuman Jayanti five day long
festivities are held at the Sankat Mochan temple. Mahashivratri is
celebrated throughout India but Varanasi has some special charm in the
celebration the festival. Dhrupad Mela five day long music festival is
held on the Tulsi Ghats in the month of March. This festival is
one of the major tourist attractions of Varanasi.
Air : Varanasi is well connected by air to several cities in India. It is on the popular daily tourist service Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi route.
Rail : Varanasi has two railway stations-Kashi and Varanasi Junction (also Cantonment Station).
Road : Varanasi is very well connected by a network of roads and road transport to all major towns of Uttar Pradesh and surrounding areas.