Varanasi – A city of Light
No matter what people call it Varanasi, Kashi and Banaras, it is said to be one of the oldest inhabited and most exciting cities in the world, which has been standing the test of time for over 5, ooo years. One of the most ancient city for learning and was a place where hundreds of enlightened beings lived at a time. Varanasi was the hub of art, spirituality, culture and music.
The 19th century traveller Mark twain word’s -Banaras is “older than history, older than tradition and older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.
The holy city lies in the northern belt of India. Every year 30 million pilgrims make their way to Varanasi.
What to do in Varanasi
Sunrise Boat ride
Boat ride at sunrise is one of the experiences not to be missed. It gives a glimpse of morning life along the Ghats and stunning views sun rising from eastern horizon.
The prayer of 45 minutes is a real spectacle. This is a religious ritual worshiping Ganga Maiya (Holy Mother Ganga,). The sound of hand pumped harmonium, tabla and bells with the fragrance of incense makes environment so amazing. The magical content of Prayer cannot be easily explained but it can easily experience.
Street walk of Varanasi
Walking to the narrow streets is the only way to reach the heart of the city to experience the life style of people, feel the culture of the city. Also visit Manikaran Ghat: The ancient Hindu cremation place.
Excursion of Sarnath
Sarnath is the most popular excursion from Varanasi, located 13 kms north east of Varanasi. Another sacred place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon in a deer park. Dhamek stupa, Founded by the king Ashoka in 249 BC,is the one of the most prominent Buddhist structure in India. The Dhamek stupa is said to be of great importance as Buddha gave his first sermon, after attaining enlightenment, to his disciples that revealed his Eightfold paths. There are temples representing different countries like Japan, China, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Archelogical Museum, sarnath
The buildings form half of a monastery in plan. There are five galleries and two verandas. The antiquities in the museum are datable 3rd century BC to 12th century AD.