Varanasi is considered as one of the oldest cities in the country. The ancient city finds its place on the banks of the holy river Ganga in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is also known as Banaras and Kashi and is considered as one of the seven holy cities in India. The city plays witness to almost every aspect of a human's life, from birth to death. There is a common belief that if a person passes away here they attain salvation without falling into the circle of rebirth.
The city of Varanasi is mixture of ancient culture and modernity. One can find a large number of people coming to this town for various reasons, some to attain moksha some to witness the spectacle of Ganga Aarti and to take a dip in the holy river. Keeping all this apart, there are tons of things one can do when in this holy town. Have a look at some of the best things to do when you are here.
Glare At The Graffiti On The Walls
They say even the walls of Varanasi have tons of stories to narrate. As you walk across the streets, you would come across quite a number of interesting graffiti on the walls which are quite unique and thought-provoking.
Apart from these, one would also find various gods and goddesses in their various forms in bright colours, there are also abstract ones which are truly challenging for one to understand and to get a meaning out of. The walls are interesting subjects for a photographer who would be on the lookout for a dash of bright colours.
Don't Miss The View From Malviya Bridge
The Malviya Bridge connects the two cities of Varanasi and Mughalsarai. The bridge offers beautiful views of the Banaras Ghats, the bridge gives you an opportunity to see both the cities on a clear day. If the day is not a clear one, the bridge gives you an entirely different view of the ancient city from a bird's-eye view.
Relish The Local Cuisine
When in a new place, the food is one thing which attracts every visitor. Varanasi is one place which offers a very delicious gastronomical experience through its specialities, such as aloo tikki, kachoris and much more and for the sweet tooth, get your hands on the yummy jalebis, rabdi, the Banarasi kalakand and much more. The most well-known treat of Varanasi is paan, which is a must try.
Take A Boat Ride In The Ganges
The Ganges adds to the spiritual charm of Varanasi with its rowing boat rides, especially during the early morning hours. The ride takes you through the different ghats and palaces, which are located on the banks of the Ganges, and gives you a feel of the river and the region.
While on the ride one can observe people performing various rituals on the ghats, from simple everyday prayers to prayers for the departed souls.
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Witness The Ganga Aarti
One of must do things in Varanasi is to witness the evening aarti to the Ganga river. The aarti without second thought is one of the sights which would give memories of a lifetime.
The grand spectacle must be witnessed from the Dashashwamedh Ghat, this is one place where you can find people from all walks of life coming together, to bow their heads to the holy Ganga amidst chants and the aroma of flowers and incense, which creates a totally heavenly atmosphere.
Meet The Gods Of Varanasi
Holding high the religious significance, one would come across a large number of temples in the town and visiting them is one is a must do activities.
Varanasi is considered as the land of gods and hence, a temple can be found in almost every nook and corner of the town; while some are associated with various Hindu mythological tales, many are built for the faithful.
One of the most popular temples here is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built in the year 1780 by the Ahilyabai Holkar, the queen of Indore.The lingam here is said to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva; hence, it considered as one of the holiest shrines.
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