India Tours Varanasi
Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries, is known for its fine-quality silks, 'paan' and Benares Hindu University and Avimukta of the ancient days, Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities, Varanasi city is also one the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births.
The Ganga Ghats are the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi India and are centers of music and learning. There is a great tradition of Yatras in the holy city of Kashi and the most sacred path is that of Panchkoshi Parikrama, the fifty-mile path with a radius of five miles that cover 108 shrines along the way, with Panchakoshi Temple as its main shrine.
Varanasi mainly include visiting temples, ghats and the other varied tourist attractions of this holy city. There are many interesting temples in Varanasi and each one speaks its own story. Durga symbolises power and the Durga Temple is a favourite among the devotees. A characteristic feature of the Durga Temple is the profusion of monkeys, which has given the temple a not so gratifying title of Monkey Temple. The Bharat Mata temple is another unique temple dedicated to the nation. It evokes a sense of unity among the Indian tourists and reflects the diverse and rich cultural heritage of the country. The Tulsi Manas Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. The other important temples of the city are the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the Sankat Mochan Temple.
Without a visit to the ghats, India Tour Varanasi can never be complete. We will find many ghats near the river Ganga. Each ghat has a special significance. The Asi Ghat, Dashashwamedha Ghat and Manikarnika Ghat are some of the prominent ghats. Asi Ghat is situated in the southernmost part of Varanasi. Dashashwamedha Ghat is the busiest ghat where we can see all types of activities like sadhus performing pujas, pilgrims bathing in Ganga or a dhobi (washerman) washing clothes on the banks and much more. The pandas(informal tour operators of sorts) waiting for potential customers, masseurs and boatmen complete the busy picture in the morning, while in the twilight the lap of water gets illuminated with thousands of floating earthen lamps.
We also find a mosque in this haven for Hindu pilgrims by the name of Alamgir Mosque. The architecture of the mosque is very appealing. Another important place to visit is the Benares Hindu University. Being one of the oldest Universities of the nation, it encourages and propagates the use of Sanskrit language in music and art. The Bharat Kala Bhavan in this University presents a treasure-trove of paintings, ancient scriptures and archaeology.
Shopping is another exciting feature on the list of Varanasi Tours of India. The silk sarees that we get here are extraordinary and have a very classy feel to it. Apart from this, we can also shop for various ivory and brass items and gold jewellery. So make it a point to go on a shopping spree in Varanasi, for it can be an experience worth remembering.