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A guide to exploring Varanasi

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  • 17th May, 2017 02:19:04 PM
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A guide to exploring Varanasi



Spiritually enlightening and fantastically photogenic, Varanasi, also known as Kashi or Benaras, attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. Over a hundred ghats lead to the river Ganga as it winds past this spiritual city. Here are some of the sights you can take in when you visit. ​ There are several places to visit in Varanasi that symbolise the city's rich history and culture.


Dashashwamedh Ghat

One of the oldest and most important ghats, the Dashashwamedh Ghat is also Varanasi’s liveliest.



Prayag Ghat


Overflowing with devotees that come to offer their prayers day and night, the Prayag Ghat is another significant ghat in Varanasi.



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 a huge lingam situated under a peepal tree.


Ramnagar fort and museum


A repository of the history of the kings of Varanasi, the Ramnagar fort and museum is located opposite Varanasi’s Tulsi Ghat.


Manikarnika Ghat


One of the most unique aspects of the city of Varanasi is that the cremation grounds at Manikarnika Ghat are located in the city itself and in the vicinity of some of Varanasi’s most sacred temples.


Sri Kashi Vishwanath temple


Not far away from the Ganga is one of the oldest temples in Hinduism, Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple.