Varanasi Travel Guide, India
Varanasi is a city that is considered to be one of the ancient cities of the world. It is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India and has the holy river Ganga running along one of its borders.
It is because Varanasi is a city of history, is sacred and has divine importance that a huge number of tourists visit the city every day. Today Varanasi is a famous pilgrimage spot and is also called Benaras or Kashi.
Connectivity to major cities of India
As Varanasi is a well connected city, it is easy to travel and tour in Varanasi. The city is connected by road, air and rail to the major cities of India. There are flights from major cities to Varanasi available every day, while the closest airport to Varanasi is the Babatpur Airport.
The airlines that ply the Varanasi route include Kingfisher, Sahara India and Indian Airlines. It is also possible to reach Varanasi by train, where the closest railway stations are Junction Station and another station found in Mughal Sarai.
The climate in Varanasi is rather warm in summer with temperatures crossing the 40 degrees mark. However winters are rather pleasant as temperatures fall to as low as 7 degrees Celsius. So the best time to visit Varanasi would be anywhere between the months of October to April.
Tourist attractions and festivals
There are many vacation and holy places to visit while in Varanasi. The Ghats of Varanasi is a famous vacation spot, which is famous for its rich history spanning many centuries. While in Varanasi, a visit to the Bharat Kala Museum, St. Mary’s Church, Ram Nagar Durg, Hindu University and Nandeshwar Kothi are in order.
The holy spots of Varanasi are the Tulsi Manas temple, Durga temple, Kashi Vishwanath temple and Bharat Mata Temple. There are also some neighboring destinations worth touring while in Kashi like Sarnath, Jaunpur and Chunar.
If you are one of those who love adventure, then you are sure to enjoy visiting the Kajmoor Wildlife Sanctuary and the Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary. There are also many festivals held in Varanasi throughout the year with pujas, traditional dances and songs to keep you entertained in Varanasi.
Though a holy destination, tourists will find that the accommodation available in Varanasi is modern and up to date. Accommodation here fits any budget with the many options available ranging from the tourist lodges to Dharmshalas which have reasonable boarding and food arrangements.
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