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3 Things To Do In Varanasi

One of the holiest places for Hindus in the world, this ancient city of mythological tales, ghats, and temples, also draws thousands of tourists and spirituality seekers, throughout the year. You can pay obeisance to the gods and goddesses, obtain spiritual enlightenment, purify your soul, or simply marvel at its architectural magnificence.

Featured below are the top 3 things in Varanasi which every tourist or devotee must do to make one’s trip visit-worthy:

1. Explore the Ghats!

Photo by Ken Wieland, CC BY-SA 2.0

There are about 84 ghats and the steps of their staircase open into the water of the holy river Ganga. Only Manikarnika ghat and Harishchandra ghat are the cremation grounds while the remaining ghats function as bathing and praying ghats. All these ghats are associated with some mythological tale, historical event, or both. You will find these ghats teeming with sadhus, devotees, priests, tourists, and beggars, all the time.

2. Go Sightseeing!

Durga Temple Photo by Henk Kosters, CC BY-SA 2.0

After spending time at ghats, you can go to various nearby temples and monuments with historical significance. The whole city is dotted with many big and small temples dedicated to various Hindu deities. Some of the most popular Hindu shrines are Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple, and Nepali Temple. These temples are architectural beauties and they house equally-magnificent idols of their presiding deities. If you are interested in palaces, fortresses, or other historical monuments, then you should definitely check out Ramnagar Fort.

Raja Balwant Singh built this structure in 1750 as the residence for the royal family of Varanasi. This palatial dwelling now has a museum where royal family’s heirlooms, furniture, vintage cars, and paintings are kept on display for visitors. In fact, there is an armory hall displaying an impressive collection of Indian and foreign swords and old-style guns. Unsurprisingly, this place is a favorite of many film makers who come here to shoot numerous scenes for their movies.

3. Become A Shopaholic!

Vishwanath Gali Photo by Kunal Mukherjee, CC BY-SA 2.0

Varanasi is renowned for its fine silk clothes, embroidered traditional wear, ornate bangles, and idols of deities. There are several local marketplaces where you can discover and buy these items. However, the best places for shopping are Vishwanath Gali, Godaulia, Thatheri Bazar, Gyanvapi, and Chowk. If you want to buy brass items then you must travel to Thatheri Bazaar and you can go on a silk dress-buying spree at Temple Bazaar in Vishwanath Gali.

Moreover, you can attend this city’s various annual religious festivals and cultural fairs, namely, Maha Shivaratri, Navaratri, Ramleela, Bharat Milap, and Dhrupad Mela. The latter festival is a 5-day musical event which is attended by eminent artists and tourists, alike. Held in the month of March, this annual festival takes place at the well-maintained Tulsi Ghat.

Happy journey!