Located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi gets its name
from the rivers Varuna and Assi as it is situated between these two rivers.
Soon afterwards, these rivers join the river Ganga but before that, they
have already given the city its name. Today's Varanasi is located on the
western banks of Ganga and then dissolves into many roads and lanes around
which the today's city of Varanasi is spread. Varanasi is a city which is
more than five hundred years older than Christ and finds mention in the
Ramayana and Mahabharata also. Varanasi was referred to as an ancient city
even when Rome was being founded. The place was a popular trading hub when
Lord Buddha visited Sarnath to preach his first sermon to his five
Varanasi Ghats (River Fronts) :
The ghats on the western banks of Ganga
present a spectacular sight in themselves. The view is even more
spellbinding when you see the 4 km spread of the ghats in the morning. The
devotees are almost always present here though their number swells on the
» Kashi Vishwanath Mandir :
The presiding deity of
this temple is Lord Shiva and it is said that it was here that the first
Jyotirlinga broke through the crust of the earth thus establishing his
supremacy over other Gods. No wonder that more than the Ghats and river
Ganga, it is the Kashi Vishwanath temple that is the prime focus of
attention among the devotees visiting the place.
» Bharat Mata Temple :
Dedicated to India in the
mother form, this temple has a statue of Mother India which is made of
marble. This statue depicts the undivided India.
» Durga Temple :
It is an 18th century temple which
is also known as the monkey temple. The form of Durga represents the
ultimate female power which is a combination of the powers of many Gods
Staying in Varanasi
It is but natural for the oldest city of the world to attract numerous
tourists from all corners of India as well as world. If the demand is there,
can supply lag far behind? The city has come up with several hotels that
cater to every segment of the tourists. They may be looking for luxury or
economy budget accommodation options, Varanasi always comes up with a hotel
to suit your needs. Some of the important hotels of Varanasi are Hotel
Pallavi International, Hotel Clarks Tower, Hotel Taj Ganges and Hotel
Shopping in Varanasi
Some of the finest handicrafts are made in Varanasi and the silk weaving of
Varanasi is renowned for its finesse. The saris produced in Varanasi are
preferred all across the country. Some of the other items that the city is
famous for are brass ware, copper ware, glass bangles and clay toys.
There is domestic airport in Varanasi which connects the city with the
other major cities of India. In fact, there is a daily flight route of
Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi which is very popular among the tourists.
Varanasi is well connected to other Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai,
Kolkata by regular trains. The place is well connected with the other Indian
cities by a good network of roads.