Kashi Vishwanath Temple / Golden Temple
This is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva . The Holiest existing Place of Hindus, where at least once in life a Hindu is expected to do pilgrimage, and if possible, also pour the remains (ashes) of cremated ancestors here on the River Ganges. The temple town that claims to be the oldest living city in the world, with 3500 years of documented Due to this 15.5m high golden spire, the temple is sometimes called as the Golden Temple,
Some temples like Sankat mochan, Tripura Sundari, Bharat Mata Mandir, Kaal Bhairav, Gopal Mandir etc. also can be visited.
The Ramnagar Fort lies about 14 km. from Varanasi and is situated on the opposite bank of river Ganges. It is the ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras. Maharaja Balwant Singh built this fort-palace in the eighteenth century. The fort is built in red sandstone. The Ramnagar fort has a temple and a museum within the grounds and the temple is dedicated to Ved Vyasa, who wrote Mahabharata, the great Indian epic.
Sarnath is a place of Buddhist pilgrimage. The site where Buddha gave his first sermon and thereby founded Buddhism is marked by Dhamek Stupa. Buddhist traditions worldwide have each built their country's architectural style of Buddhist temple here.
This is the oldest site museum of Archaeological Survey of India. In order to keep the antiquities found from the site, a decision was taken in 1904 by the Government to construct a site museum adjacent to the excavated site at Sarnath. There are five galleries and two verandahs on the museum to display the antiquities ranging from 3rd century B.C. to 12th century A.D. found at Sarnath.
Bharat Kala Bhavan
Bharat Kala Bhavan, located inside the BHU campus, is an art and architecture museum and houses a vast collection of paintings, Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and other materials of archaeological importance. The Bharat Kala Bhavan was established in the year 1920 A.D. by Rai Krishndas. Bharat Kala Bhavan also has a great collection of miniature paintings from the courts of Mughals and other Kingdoms and principalities. Some of the important sections in the Bharat Kala Bhavan are Mahamana Malaviya gallery, Nicholas Roerich gallery, Chhavi (Painting Gallery), sculpture gallery, Nidhi (Treasures) gallery, sculpture gallery, archaeological gallery, decorative art gallery and Banaras through ages gallery
Alamgir Mosque, built by the Mughal Emperor Aurangaseb, has the unique distinction of being the largest structure located on the banks of the river Ganges in Varanasi. The Mosque is at a picturesque location overlooking Panchganga Ghat and is bordered by the majestic Ganges
Jantar Mantar is an observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh, of Jaipur in the year 1737 is situated close to the Dashashwamedh Ghat, overlooking the ghats on the Ganges. Jai Singh was a great admirer of science and technology and he was particularly passionate about astronomy.
Varanasi has nearly 100 Ghats. Many of the Ghats were built when the city was under Maratha control. Most of the Ghats are bathing Ghats, while others are used as cremation sites. Many Ghats are associated with legends or mythologies while many Ghats are privately owned.
Migratory Birds in winter Season, Sunrise, Moonrise (on a Full moon) can be enjoyed during boating.
Every day Aarti happens during sunset at Prayag Ghat.
(Old Traditional Banaras Gali)
One day Ganga Arti by boat.
Every day one drop and pickup to and from any ghat
Dasaswamedh Ghat : Rs. 200 (Pickup or drop)
Raj Ghat or Bhaisasur Ghat: Rs. 500 (Pickup or drop)
Assi Ghat: Rs. 700 (pickup or drop)
Boat Ride : Rs. 700 (Per hour)
Places of Interest around Varanasi
Vindhyachal (Shakti Peeth): Vindhyachal is an important attraction around Varanasi. Vindhyachal is one of most important Shaktipeeths. Vindhyachal is known for its beautiful natural surroundings. Sitakund is one of the popular attractions at Vindhyachal.
Allahabad: Allahabad is a major city of India and is one of the main holy cities of Hinduism. It was renamed by the Mughals from the ancient name of Prayaga and is by some accounts the second-oldest city in India. It is located 110 kilometres from Varanasi, It is one of four sites of the mass Hindu pilgrimage Kumbh Mela, It has a position of importance in Hindu scriptures for it is situated at Triveni Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the ancient Sarasvati River.
Chunar Fort: The historical Chunar Fort located about 40 km from Varanasi. Built by Sher Shah Suri-the well known ruler of medieval north India, this fort offers magnificent views of the Ganges River from within its precincts. The main attractions within Chunar Fort include sonwa mandap, sun clock and a huge well.