Varanasi, the city that is considered to be the favourite place of Hindu Lord Shiva, which depicts in the old name of the city, Kashi, meaning the city of Lord Shiva, is one of the most holiest places in India. Among Hindus and followers of Jain the city is one of the seven most sacred cities, together called as Sapta Puri. The city is the venue of many religious fairs and rituals; it is believed that a death here brings one the final attainment. It flourishes on the banks of holy River Ganges and the river has influenced the culture of the city in may ways. People from different parts of nation come to this place to bathe in Ganges river and worship. The incredible sight of Brahmins doing their worship with big lamps and reciting the mantras on the banks of Ganges, is a thing that one can’t simply miss. For several centuries the city served as the religious centre of Northern India, and it can be rightly said that it is the religious capital of the nation. The city hasn’t still lost its religious significance. The age-old magnificent temples and religious institutions are still very functional. And, people come from different parts of the nation to worship here. The city also played a very significant role in shaping up the nation’s art and literature. Many prominent Indian poets, writers, artists, and philosophers have lived and are living here.
Tourism is probably the most important aspect of the city, as most part of the city’s revenue depends on it. Besides, it is because of the Varanasi Tourism that the ages old values and teachings still exists. There is no doubt that the city houses a number of interesting-amazing places to visit. Following is a list of 4 most recommended sites in the city’s tourism.
- Banaras Hindu University- it is among the largest residential universities in the Asian continent and is a very peaceful and green campus. The campus is also known as the Oxford of East and is magnificent area housing museum of art and archaeology, Bharat Kala Bhavan, and a huge white marble temple called Vishwanath temple.
- Sankat Mochan Temple – it is a famous Hanuman temple, which according to some is the most sacred temple of Hanuman. Inside the temple one would find the statue of Lord Hanuman and the sacred Hanuman Chalisa, for the use of devotees. Outside the temple one would find lots of residential monkeys, who are also treated with greatness and worship.
- Dasaswamedh Ghat – it is one of the most significant ghats in the city. It is the prime venue of large evening aarti (prayer) and can be only reached by foot. This is a must visit place for every visitor. The place is located very close to Godulia.
- Sarnath – this is one of the most recommended places to visit in Varanasi. It is believed that lord Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon at the very place, after he got enlightenment. It is a very quite place. Best for the travellers looking for a break from the hustle-bustle of city life. The place also houses a good museum.
That were the top 4 places in the city that every traveller must visit. Note that these are just a few, and there are several other attractions in the city and also, a lot to do. Meanwhile, being among the most powerful religious centre, it is very easy to reach the city. There are several direct Delhi to Varanasi flights connecting both the cities. Besides, the trains are the easiest way to reach the city if you are coming from the major cities like Agra, Mumbai, Lucknow, and Kolkata.