Varanasi (City of Light) or Benaras (also known as Kashi) is a North Indian city on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh and Varanasi was founded by Lord Shiva. Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India; this is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities and is regarded as one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities. In the city pilgrims who come to bathe in the River Ganges’ sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth and Varanasi is the beating heart of the Hindu universe and Varanasi has been a symbol of Hindu renaissance. Most visitors agree it’s a magical place. Along its winding streets are some more then 2,000 temples including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and there are nearly 100 ghats in the Varanasi city. Most of the ghats are bathing and puja ceremony ghats, while a few are used exclusively as cremation sites. Varanasi is unique, and a walk along the ghats or a boat ride on the river will live long in the memory. Varanasi is one of the most ancient cities of learning. This was a place where hundreds of enlightened beings lived at a time. In every street, you had an enlightened being to meet. Near Varanasi is the 1500year old Mahabodhi Temple marking the spot of the legendary Bodhi tree, under which Buddha meditated and attained enlightenment. Buddha delivered his first sermon at Sarnath, near Varanasi thereby giving birth to Buddhism and there is also a pilgrimage place for Jains, Varanasi is believed to be the birthplace of Parsvanath, the twenty-third Tirthankar. Mrs. Annie Besant chose Varanasi as the home for her ‘Theosophical Society’ and Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, to institute ‘Benares Hindu University, the biggest University in Asia.
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Famous Tourist Places, Ghats and Temples in Varanasi listed by Saregama Travels Taxi Service:
If you are visiting first time you like to vist these places, Kashi Vishwanath Temple – Varanasi, Dashashwamedh Ghat – Varanasi, Manikarnika Ghat – Ghasi Tola/ Varanasi, Assi Ghat – Near Assi Ghat Police Chowki/ Varanasi, Ramnagar Fort – Ram nagar/ Varanasi, Dhamek Stupa – Sarnath/ Varanasi, Gyanvapi Mosque – Lahori Tola/ Varanasi, Chaukhandi Stupa – Near Sarnath Museum/ Sarnath/ Varanasi, Sarnath Museum – Sarnath/ Varanasi, Nepali Mandir – Near Lalita Ghat/ Lahori Tola/ Varanasi, Tulsi Manas Mandir – Tulsi Manas Mandir Colony/ Varanasi, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple – Saket Nagar/ Varanasi, Bharat Mata Mandir – Chetganj/ Varanasi, Kabir Chaura Math – Kotwali/ Varanasi, Bharat Kala Bhawan – Banaras Hindu University Campus/ Varanasi, Durga Temple – Bhelupur/ Varanasi, Kriti Gallery – Mahmoor Ganj/ Varanasi, Manikarnika Ghat – Ghasi Tola/ Varanasi, Holy dip at Panchganga Ghat – Ghasi Tola/ Varanasi, International Music Centre Ashram – Khalishpura/ Varanasi, Kaal Bhairav Temple – Vishweshwarganj/ Varanasi, Tulsi Ghat – Near Assi Ghat/ Varanasi, Darbhanga Ghat – Bangali Tola/ Varanasi, Shopping at Handloom House – Anant Complex/ Near Bharat Seva Sangh Ashram/ Varanasi, kardameshwara mahadeva temple – Bari Bazar/ Varanasi, Man Mandir Ghat – Bangali Tola/ Varanasi, Kedar Ghat – Bangali Tola/ Varanasi, Harishchandra Ghat – Bangali Tola/ Varanasi, new vishvanath temple – Banaras Hindu University Campus/ Varanasi, Hanuman Ghat – Bangali Tola/ Varanasi, Alamagir Mosque – Panchganga Ghat/ Varanasi, Shivala Ghat – Varanasi, Ahilyabai Ghat – Bangali Tola/ Varanasi, Gyanvapi Masjid – Lahori Tola/ Varanasi and many more to explore.
Famous Hotels and Guest House in Varanasi listed by Saregama Travels Taxi Service:
Hotel Shivganga – Luxa Roa/ Varanasi, Teerth Guest House – Dasaswamedh Ghat/ Varanasi, Luxmi Guest House – Dasaswamedh Ghat/ Varanasi, K. Shre Guest House – Bansphatak/ Varanasi, Hotel Shivganga – Luxa Road/ Varanasi, Hotel Jaipuria – Assi Ghat/ Varanasi, Shree Hare Rama Hare Krishna Guest House – Assi Ghat/ Varanasi, Puja Guest House – Dasaswamedh Ghat/ Varanasi, Hotel Sonmonv – Harishchandra Ghat/ Varanasi, Scindhia Guest House – Dasaswamedh Ghat/ Varanasi, Hare Rama Guest House – Bengalitola/ Varanasi, Rashmi Guest House (A Place on River)- Sigra/ Varanasi, Maan Guest House – Bansphatak/ Varanasi, Urvashi Guest House – Bangali Tola/ Varanasi, Shree Sai Shrdha Guest House – Cantt Railway Station/ Varanasi, Marilyn Guest House – Assi Ghat/ Varanasi, Babu Guest House – Luxa Road/ Varanasi, Shiva River view Guest House – Shivala Ghat/ Varanasi, Panchkote Raj House – Shivala Ghat/ Varanasi, Palace on Steps – Rana Mahal Ghat/ Varanasi, Hotel Varuna – Sigra/ Varanasi, Radisson Hotel – The Mall Cantonment Varanasi, Aniket PG House – Assi Ghat/Varanasi, Gautam Hotel – Lahurabir/ Varanasi, Granny’s Inn Varanasi – Gowdolia/ Varanasi, Hotel Giriraj Inn – Bhelupur/ Varanasi, Hotel Divine Inn – Near Anand mai Hospital Varanasi, Hotel Cresent Villa – Bhelupur/ Varanasi, Hotel Clarks Varanasi – Cantt. Varanasi, Hotel Dolphin International – Bhelupur/ Varanasi, Hotel Ganesha Varanasi – Assi Ghat/ Varanasi, Hotel Ganges View – Assi ghat/ Varanasi, Hotel Grapevine – Paroa Ramnagar Road/ Varanasi, Hotel Hindusthan International – Maldahiya/ Varanasi, Hotel HKJ International – Bhelupur/ Varanasi, Hotel India – Patel Nagar Varanasi, Hotel Janhvi International – Cantt Varanasi, Hotel Liberty Residency – Durgakund Road/ Varanasi, Hotel MM Continental – Cantt/ Varanasi, Hotel Ozas Grand – Samne Ghat Road Lanka B.H.U Varanasi, Hotel Pradeep – Jagatgang/ Varanasi, Hotel Premiere Villa – Ramapuri Colony Sankatmochan/Varanasi.
Famous Colleges and Universities listed by Varanasi listed by Saregama Travels Taxi Service:
The City of Varanasi is also famous for its Educational Institution, Banaras Hindu University – Varanasi, Udai Pratap Autonomous College – Narayanpur/ Varanasi, Institute of Medical Sciences | Banaras Hindu University – Banaras Hindu University Campus/ Varanasi, School of Management Sciences – Bachhaon/ Varanasi, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith – Kashi Vidyapith/ Chetganj/ Varanasi, Mahila Maha Vidyalaya – Banaras Hindu University/ Varanasi, Indian Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University/ Varanasi, Central University for Tibetan Studies – Sarnath/ Varanasi, Sampurnanand Sanskrit University – Jaitpura/ Varanasi, Faculty of Commerce | Banaras Hindu University – Varanasi, Faculty of Ayurveda | Banaras Hindu University – Varanasi, Institute of Agricultural Sciences – Campus of Banaras Hindu University/ Varanasi, Queens College – Chetganj/ Varanasi, Faculty of Management Studies – Campus of Banaras Hindu University/ Varanasi, Faculty of Visual Arts – Campus of Banaras Hindu University/ Varanasi.