Varanasi – City of Sacred Lights

Population:  3,676,841
Average Climate

Summer: 25°C – 42°C
Winter: 12°C – 22°C

Best Time to visit:October to March

Tourist Attraction In Varanasi
Varanasi also known as Kashi(the city of Light), or as Benares, Varanasi is situated on the west bank of the River Ganges and is the holiest Hindu city, with a spiritual and religious legacy that goes back nearly 3,000 years. This is the city of Lord Shiva, the foremost among the 12 places where the god burrowed and then burst into the sky in a fiery pillar of light (Jyotirlinga). Sanctified by Shiva’s all – pervading presence and the sacred Ganges, the 90 or so Ghats along the River define the life and identity of Varanasi. Stretching from the southern Asi Ghat to the Northern Adi keshava Ghat, close to the Malviya Bridge, the Ghats cover more than 6 Km Lined with Temples and shrines they reverberate with the endless cycle of Hindu religious practice – from daily rituals to profound rites of passage.

Places Of Interest

Vishwanath Temple
Vishwanath Temple: Kashi Vishvanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva temples. The main deity is known by the name Vishvanatha or Vishveshvara meaning Ruler of The Universe. The Varanasi city is also called Kashi, and hence the temple is popularly called Kashi Vishvanath Temple.
Assi Ghat
Assi Ghat: Situated at the confluence of Ganga and Asi rivers, Assi Ghat is the southernmost Ghat in Varanasi, where pilgrims bathe before paying their homage to Lord Shiva in the form of huge lingam situated under a peepal tree. Assi Ghat also constitutes the southern end of conventional city. Another lingam worshipped here is the Asisangameshwar lingam representing the lord of confluence of the Asi, enshrined in a small marble temple near the Assi Ghat. It was at the Assi Ghat where the famous Indian poet saint, Tulsi Das had written the much-celebrated Ramcharitmanas.
Sarnath
Sarnath: After the Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya he came to sarnath. Here in the Deer Park, he delivered his first sermon, or in religious language, set in motion the wheel of Law (maha- Dharmachakra Pravartan). On the day before his death Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be sacred to his followers. The Emperor Ashoka, who spread the Buddha’s message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, visited Sarnath around 234BC,and erected a stupa here. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. Sarnath is 10 km from the holy city of Varanasi, and is an exceedingly tranquil place. The ruins, the museum and temple are all within walking distance.