One can never get enough of the holy city Varanasi and its famous temples, but if you want to pack in some action, the city has a number of interesting sightseeing options. History, culture, and peace converge here, to make a wholesome holiday. Here are the top picks for travelers who are looking for something other than the famous attractions.
Sightseeing via Boat Ride
Boat rides are just plain good for the soul. The sense of peace and tranquility that can be restored while gently moving with the waves is magnificent.Here are some amazing sightseeing destinations that can be experienced along with a relaxing and peaceful boat ride:
Subah-e-Banaras (Mornings of Varanasi)
The foggy light of dawn, the sleeping city, the much awaited morning when about to arrive, is the time morning breeze quietly whispers in dreams: “Wake up! O traveler! The morning calls upon you.”
Evening Ganga Aarti
The eternal light of a city illumining truth and revealing reality, intersecting with the earth is what we call ‘Kashi’. Meanwhile Kashi Darshan is a journey that will take you from one end of the city to the other to experience this
Ramnagar Fort Sightseeing
Ramnagar fort is a fortification situated at the eastern banks of river Ganges. The sandstone structure built by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh has been the home for Kashi Naresh since the 18th century. The current king and the resident of the fort is Pelu Bhiru Singh.
Located on the southern edge of Varanasi, near the banks of the river Ganges, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is a public central university established in 1916 by Madan Mohan Malviya. With over 12,000 students residing in campus, it claims the title of largest residential university in Asia.The university has two campuses where the main campus is spread over 1,300 acres (5.3 km square) which is even larger than the two smallest countries in the world and was built on land donated by the Kashi Naresh. Banaras Hindu University is the only university in India to have 2 campuses, 3 Institutes, 16 faculties, 140 departments, 4 advanced departments and 4 interdisciplinary schools, thus making it the temple of learning. When you step in the university area it’s a completely different world. Everything about it is so humongous.Though the campus has a wide number of places to visit, in this article we have mentioned about the top two sights located inside the campus and it is strongly recommended to visit those beauties.
Bharat Kala Bhawan
Bharat Kala Bhawan is an art and archaeological museum on the campus. Established in January 1920, its first chairman was Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, with his nephew Abanindranath Tagore as the vice-chairman. The museum was expanded and gained prominence with the efforts of Rai Krishnadasa.
Vishwanath Temple, BHU
Located in the center of the campus, Vishwanath Temple aka Vishwanath Mandir, New Vishwanath Temple or Birla Temple, is the most prominent landmark of BHU. The foundation for this 252 feet (77 m) high complex of seven temples was laid in March 1931…
Tulsi Manas Mandir
This is one of the most famous temples in the holy city of lights (Varanasi). This temple has great historical and cultural importance in Hinduism since the ancient Hindu epic Ramcharitmanas was originally written at this place by Hindu poet-saint, reformer and philosopher Goswami Tulsidas in the 16th century.
Baba Keenaram Sthal
Situated few meters away from the Assi Ghat, Lolark Kund is the oldest living site in Varanasi. It is said that a sacred bath at Lolark Kund gets rid of leprosy and skin diseases. There are steps leading to the Kund from three sides and a well-like formation on the fourth side.
Man Mahal Observatory (Jantar Mantar)
Man Mahal situated on the western bank of river Ganga just adjacent to the famous Dashashwamedh ghat at Varanasi is a beautiful palace and an example of Mughal-Rajput architecture with stone balconied windows and painted ceiling. It is famous specially for its masonry observatory.
Rajghat and Malviya Bridge
Situated at the northern part of the city, Rajghat is a place that has archeological mounds that represents the ancient settlement of the city on the northern outskirts, near the confluence of Ganga and Varuna. This settlement had attained socio-economic prosperity during pre-Mauryan times and was a great centre of arts, culture and religion.
Sarnath is a place located 13 kilometers north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautam Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightment of Kondanna. Singhpur, a village approximately one kilometre away from the site, was the birthplace of Shreyansanath, the Eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism, and a temple dedicated to him, is an important pilgrimage site. Also referred to as Isipatana, this place is mentioned by the Buddha as one of the four places of pilgrimage to which his devout followers should visit, if they wanted to visit a place for that reason. It was also the site of the Buddha’s ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’, which was his first teaching after attaining enlightenment, in which he taught the four noble truths and the teachings associated with it. Below are the must visit sights in Sarnath.
Varanasi has a rich cultural heritage where Banarasi Silk Sarees and Crafs are an integral part of the Indian landscape. Varanasi handloom makes India proud of its heritage. The handloom and handicraft products of Varanasi have got wide recognition all over the country and abroad for their highly artistic design, color combination, superior craftsmanship and long durability.
Mulgandha Kuti Vihar
Mulgandha Kuti Vihar is a temple located at Sarnath amidst brick ruins of ancient Sarnath, and is well-known for its magnificent murals and frescos. This Buddhist temple is relatively new and therefore offers a sharp contrast to the ruins of Sarnath.