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Varanasi Travel Guide  

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Reviews Varanasi

Chaitanya Shastri
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : The land of Varanasi (Kashi) has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus for ages. Often referred to as Benares, Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. These few lines by Mark Twain say it all: "Benaras is... more older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". 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. Abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the origins of Varanasi are yet unknown. Ganges in Varanasi is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. Ganges is said to have its origins in the tresses of Lord Shiva and in Varanasi, it expands to the mighty river that we know of. The city is a center of learning and civilization for over 3000 years. With Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment, just 10 km away, Varanasi has been a symbol of Hindu renaissance. Knowledge, philosophy, culture, devotion to Gods, Indian arts and crafts have all flourished here for centuries. Also a pilgrimage place for Jains, Varanasi is believed to be the birthplace of Parsvanath, the twenty-third Tirthankar. Vaishnavism and Shaivism have co-existed in Varanasi harmoniously. With a number of temples, 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. Ayurveda is said to be originated at Varanasi and is believed to be the basis of modern medical sciences such as Plastic surgery, Cataract and Calculus operations. Maharshi Patanjali, the preceptor of Ayurveda and Yoga, was also affiliated with Varanasi, the holy city. Varanasi is also famous for its trade and commerce, especially for the finest silks and gold and silver brocades, since the early days.Varanasi has also been a great center of learning for ages. Varanasi is associated with promotion of spiritualism, mysticism, Sanskrit, yoga and Hindi language and honored authors such as the ever-famous novelist Prem Chand and Tulsi Das, the famous saint-poet who wrote Ram Charit Manas. Aptly called as the cultural capital of India, Varanasi has provided the right platform for all cultural activities to flourish. Many exponents of dance and music have come from Varanasi. Ravi Shankar, the internationally renowned Sitar maestro and Ustad Bismillah Khan, (the famous Shehnai player) are all sons of the blessed city or have lived here for major part of lives.
Robert Bale
Level 100     6 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : The Ghats are the stairs leading to the river banks, where you can witness traditional religious customs. The pilgrims gather at ghats for ritual baths and meditation in the most incredible positions. The Brahmins offer blessings; families come to cremate... more bodies of their beloveds. There are 5 main ghats, where pilgrims are obliged to take baths at a certain time of the day and in a certain order (Asi, Dasaswemedh, Barnasangam, Panćaganga, Manikarnika). Moreover, worth visit is Harishćandra (Smaśan Ghat) where bodies are cremated by untouchables.  Be careful not to take any photographs there. The Golden Template of Shiva is located close to Jalsain Ghat. It was built in 1776 by Ahalya Bai, in a place where earlier was a template destroyed by Muslims in 1600. The temple is the holy place for Hindu and most important place to visit for pilgrims. Non-Hindu tourists are not allowed inside. The proximity with the Ganges let tourists enjoy many activities when in Varanasi. Boat cruises at Ganges river are a must for tourists. The best time is the early morning to catch the sun rise. The boats gather by largest ghats. Hiring of a boat for 4 people should not cost more than 50 rupees, as prices are regulated by government. However, make sure you agree the price beforehand.
naik vasant r
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : really varanasi is place to visit in the evening . all ghats are full of pilgrims and aarti which well know and well arranged by the varanasi people is soothing eyes. banarasi srries which is local handloom production is treasure... more of the varanasi. to my suggestion is their financial position is quite worse. I have worked in varanssi area particularly in chakia sikanderpur where people are really helpful ,kind honest if properly guided by the leaders . overall water of ganga is poluted and people, local resident must decide to keep varanasi, kashi clean and neat.visit chunar , vindhyanchal which are also places to visit.
Robert Bale
Level 100     6 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : Varanasi, the city of Shiva, located at banks of Ganges, is one of the holiest places in India for Hindu and Buddhism religions. The pilgrims come here from all India to plunge in the water of Ganges, the holy river,... more and wash away their sins. The city, formerly known as Kashi and Benares, is located in Uttar Pradesh and has currently population of 3 million. The current name, Varnasi, comes from the medieval name for a town that lies between two rivers, Varuna and Asi. According the legends, the city was established by Shiva and is known since the fifth century. The city is visited every year by million of pilgrims that gather at the river banks for abolition ritual of washing of the sins. Despite its 3,000-year history (the city is the oldest town inhabited till present) majority of monuments is not older than 200 years. This is due to Muslim attacks since the 14th century. Few older temples and ghats remained untouched till today.
Ajay Shanker Singh
Level 9     1 Trophy   
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : In earlier Varanasi was known as Kashi, Benares. It is a holiest City in the world. Ghats, streets, temples, universities, sarees, mangoes, Pan, Abuses, Thundai etc. are very famous here. Here people are very helpful but some people are very... more cruel as like thieves in train, ghats, temples and other public region. In varanasi people are offenly selfish to each other. It is a dirty city in urban area.
Not to be missed ghats
Vishwanath Emani
Level 1     0 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : Varanasi is a lovely city and any comment from my side will not have any grounds. The oldest and beautiful city in India where culture can be seen at its best. It solely depends on the visitors who come to... more this holy city to contribute their best culture and ensure that this holy place is kept clean by them. Generally people bring along lot of waste and throw it here , one can avoid that. one should understand that Rivers are lifeline and all living beings have equal right on water, so pl do not spoil this. Remember we have to pass on this legacy of Varanasi to our next generation, it is just like creating cultural wealth for the generations to come.
Not to be missed Ganga snan , temples , Benaras Hindu University
Dr.Ranjana srivastava
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : Varanasi is traditional & a herirage city. This city requires more development in roads .We should take the initiative to make clean & beautiful this holiest & oldest city of the world. So many things are here to watch like... more Saranath temple, Ghats, Vishwanath temple, Manas mandir, Ramnagar fort.
sumit sharma
Overall rating 1
Overall Guide : I love Varanasi. This is so beautiful place. There are many world famous temples. One of the most famous temple is Kasi Viswanath. Lassi is so famous and some sweets. Varanasi is the city of lights and social value city.... more This city is one of the most peacefull city in this world. This is a very interesting city.I like this city so much.
dheeraj yadav
Level 18     2 Trophy    Viaggia: Friends
Overall rating 9
Overall Guide : Once in a lifetime everyone must visit Varanasi. for at least a full year one should be spending here. The ghats are wonderful, bhu is excellent and the city is dirty bcs of we people and we should take the... more initiative to make the holiest and oldest city of the world a clean a beautiful city.
Mahendra pandey
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Family
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : Varanasu is my heart, i love vns, varanasi me meri jaan basati hai, banaras ko salo se chahata hun. i want to stay in varanasi but property rate very high, compair to mumbai. i must need one aasiyaana in varanasi.... more so very thanks to bhagwan shiv, they give me life & save my family.
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