7 Places To Visit & Things To Do In Varanasi

About Varanasi

Varanasi lies in the north-eastern region of ‘Uttar Pradesh’ on the banks of river Ganga. It draws many Hindu Pilgrims who bathe in the holy river and also perform funeral rites. There are many temples dedicated to different deities that brings you close to divinity. Varanasi also boasts of its rich architectural heritage that is visible from the well-built temples of the place.

Why Go There: Cultural Heritage | Pilgrimage |Rich Architecture
Ideal For: Friends | Family | Solo Trip
Trivia: It is also known as ‘The Spiritual Capital Of India’
Things To Bring Back: Banarasi Silk Sarees, Lal Pedha, Gulabi Minakari, Ganga Jal, Wooden Toys, Shivalinga, Rudraksha Mala, Flutes, Beads, Ramnaami cloth, and Curios


Places To Visit & Things To Do In Varanasi

7. Durga Temple

Durga Temple is situated at the Durga Ghat and is the most important pilgrim place in Varanasi. It is dedicated to Goddess Durga and was built in 18th century.

Distance from the city: 4 km
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Best time to visit: All Year Round


6. Dashashwamedh Ghat

This place is famous as it is believed that Lord Brahma used to perform ‘Dasa Ashwamedha’ sacrifice here. As of now, this ghat is a religious spot and people perform many rituals at this place. If you ever visit Varanasi, this place is a must-visit as it is famous for the ‘Ganga Aarti’ which is a calming experience to witness.

Distance from the city: 4.5 km
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Best time to visit: All year round (especially in the evening)


5. Assi Ghat

Assi Ghat is famous for ‘Shiva Linga’ which is placed under the peepal tree since time immemorial. Assi Ghat is the confluence of river Assi and river Ganga. This place is of utmost religious importance as it is mentioned in Puranas and other legends. You can enjoy cool weather and the amazing view of sunset and sunrise. The place also offers a boat ride to Dashashwamedh Ghat from which you get a perfect aura of Varanasi.

Distance from the city: 5 km
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Best time to visit: All year round (evening or morning)


4. Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is situated by the Assi ghat. It was built in 1900s by a freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. Lord Hanuman and Ram are the presiding deity of the temple. This is an ancient temple that you should not miss out on visiting while you are in Varanasi. The laddoo is offered here as a ‘Prasad’ of Lord Hanuman which has its unique special place amongst the locals.

Distance from the city: 4 km
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Best time to visit: All year round (evening or morning)


3. Tulsi Manasa Temple

Tulsi Manasa temple was constructed in 1964 and it is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is named after the saint poet ‘Tulsi Das’. You can marvel at the Shikhara style architecture of the temple. The walls of this temple consists of various inscriptions from the Hindu holy book ‘Ram Charit  Manas’. The upper storey of the temple has beautiful carvings depicting various chapters of ‘Ramayana’. You can enjoy a puppet show during monsoon months.

Distance from the city: 4 km
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Best time to visit: July- August


2. New Vishwanath Temple, BHU

New Vishwanath Temple is a grand temple situated at the banks of River Ganga. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It houses a very famous Jyotirlinga of Shiva named ‘Vishweshwara’. It is believed that a glance at this Jyotirlinga cleanses your soul and set you on the right path of knowledge. The divinity of this place compels you to spend some peaceful time under the caress of the Almighty.

Distance from the city: 6 km
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Best time to visit: All Year Round


1. Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is situated at the western banks of River Ganga. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is believed that this temple was the center of worship since ancient times. Kashi Vishwanath temple is famous as it houses the 12th ‘Jyotirlinga’ in the country. On an average, 3000 devotees visit the temple on daily basis and on special occasions like ‘Shivratri’ the number increases to 1,00,000. You can visit the temple and admire the intricate carvings at the entrance or you can sit by the side of the famous well in the temple known as ‘Jnana Vapi’.

Distance from the city: 4 km
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Best time to visit: All year round


Other Attractions of Varanasi

  • Panchganga Ghat
  • Alamir Mosque
  • Darbhanga Ghat
  • Kedar Ghat
  • Man Mandir Ghat
  • Manikarnika Ghat
  • Ramnagar Fort

How To Reach Varanasi

Flight | Railways | Road

Nearest Airport:
Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport (26 km away)

You can book your flights and save some money by using: Ixigo Offers | MakeMy Trip Domestic Flights Offers 

Nearest Railway Station:
Varanasi Junction Railway Station

Nearest Bus Stop:
Varanasi
You can book your buses from: Goibibo Bus | PayTm Bus | Book My Bus 


Where To Stay In Varanasi

HHI Varanasi | Radisson Hotel Varanasi | Ramada Plaza JHV Varanasi

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Hidden Gems

  • If you are interested to watch the rich culture of Varanasi, you should visit Rana Ghat situated just 5 minutes away from Dashashwamedh Ghat
  • Bharatha Mata Mandir is located in Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus. It has a beautiful map on display of undivided India craved in Marble.
  • You should also visit Harischandra Ghat to spend a quality time in the evening amidst the soothing sound of river waves in the backdrop.
  • Jantar Mantar is an observatory built in 1737 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. If you are a science enthusiast or a budding astronomer, you should visit this place.

CashKaro Recommendation

If you are in Varanasi, you should not miss out on visiting these places:

  • Tulsi Ghat
  • Shivala Ghat
  • Gyan Kup
  • Hanuman Ghat

Most Fun Way To Travel

Varanasi is well connected by road to most of the nearby cities. You can take your car and enjoy the the rich culture and heritage of Varanasi. You can also take suitable halts to enjoy traditional Uttar Pradesh cuisine along the journey.
Don’t want to take your car, you can rent one from:
Rental Cars | Avis | Aha Taxis


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