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Varanasi

Overview
Ghats of VaranasiIt is said that Varanasi, the city of spiritual light, was founded by Lord Shiva himself. Located on the banks of the holy river Ganga, it is also the oldest living city in the world. Varanasi has always been a hub of learning and civilisation for over 3000 years. Varanasi finds mention in ancient Hindu as well as Buddhist scriptures and the Hindus consider it to be the ultimate pilgrimage. The relationship between the river Ganga and Varanasi has always been central to the existence of this city. It is said that the name Varanasi has been derived from the fact that it is located on the land between the rivers Varuna and Assi. The city is famous not only for its spiritual legacy, but also for the numerous generations of maestros of art, literature, music and crafts who have given the city a distinct identity.

Climate and Best Time
The climate of Varanasi is somewhat on the extreme side as the summers here are exactly what you expect it to be – hot, and the temperature can go up to 46 degrees Celsius whereas in winters the temperature goes as low as 5 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Varanasi is between the months from September to March.

Places to Visit
» Ghats of Varanasi
The ghats (river fronts) of Varanasi are the best place to experience the old world traditions as well as the cultural identity of the city. These ghats come alive early in the morning when the devotees gather to take a holy dip in the river and offer prayers in the temples located on the banks of Ganga.

» Durga Temple
Durga TempleOne of the busiest temples in Varanasi, the Durga temple is located in the southern part of the city. The temple also finds mention in the ancient Hindu texts such as Puranas which describe Goddess Durga as the guardian of the city.

» Banaras Hindu University
Mostly referred to as BHU, the university was an important centre of independence movement and has gone on to become an important centre for learning. The university has produced many freedom fighters as well as other personalities that are regarded as the builder of the nation.

» Kashi Vishwanath Temple
One of the Jyotirlingas that symbolize Lord Shiva is installed here. It is also known as Golden temple as the the spire of the temple is gold plated. The temple was destroyed in an invasion and was rebuilt by Queen Ahilyabai of Indore.

Stay Options
The demand for accommodation options in the city of Varanasi is huge on account of the continuous influx of pilgrims as well as the tourists. There are a variety of the hotels in the city which include the luxury as well as budget hotels. The variety ensures that you get an accommodation option according to your needs so that you can explore the city in comfort. Some of the important hotels of the city are Best Western Kashika, Hotel Clarks, Hindustan International, Pallavi International and Hotel Pradeep among others.

Getting There
The airport of Varanasi, the Babatpur airport, is 22 km away from Varanasi. It is connected by regular flights with Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho, Kolkata, Mumbai and Lucknow among other cities. Varanasi is an important railway station and is well connected with the rest of the country with many important trains connecting it to Delhi and Mumbai which include Kashi Vishwanath Express, Shramjivi Express, Pawan Express and Purva Express among others. All the major destinations of the country are well connected with Varanasi by good roads.




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