Varanasi Kashi Banaras

Varanasi Kashi Banaras

Welcome to Varanasi!

Varanasi is a town in the state of Uttar Pradesh of India which is also known as Benaras (Banaras) or Kashi. The city thrives on the left bank of the holy river Ganga. It is believed in Hinduism that people go to Varanasi to go take a dip in the holy Ganga water and have a rebirth. The holy water is believed to wash away all the sins of our past. This city is also regarded as the spiritual capital of India. Also, pilgrims bathe in the sacred water near the ghats before performing funeral rights. The city is abode to nearly 2000 temples which also include the famous Kashi Vishwanath or "Golden Temple" dedicated to the mighty lord Shiva.
The town is also famous for its muslin and 'banarasee silk' fabric, perfumes, sculptures and ivory works. Buddha had founded Buddhism in this city around 528 BCE. It is one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism. The city is around three thousand years old and is believed to be found by the mighty Lord Shiva himself. That is why the city is of importance to both Hindus and Buddhists.
Assi ghat is the most famous ghat as it offers pilgrims to pour water on the lingam of Lord Shiva that is situyated under a peepal tree.

Popular VARANASI street food:-

The people here enjoy esting different kind of street foods and believe me if you ever visit Varanasi never miss the street food.
Some popular street food items that you must try include Kachori sabzi, Choora mutter, Dahi chutney golgappe, tamatar chaat, Baati chokha, Chena dahi wada, thandai, malaiyyo-a kind of famous sweet and the kullad chai which is served in small clay made cups. 

Mumbai to Varanasi cheap flights:-

You can avail discounts on airfare at makemytrip through the domestic travel discounts they offer. Here is the link:-
The flight time is 2 hours 15 minutes and airway is the convenient mode of transport to reach Varanasi. IndiGo airlines offer the cheapest airfare when it comes to air ticket cost.

Mumbai to Varanasi trains:-

There are 28 trains that depart from CSMT station MUmbai to Varanasi that take 27 hours and 10 m inutes travel time approx with a distance of 1453 kms. Some of the trains are:- Darbhanga express, LTT BSB SUP express, LTT MUV express, Ranchi express, Mahanagri express, LTT GKP express, Gorakhpur express, Kamyani express et cetera. 

Languages spoken in Varanasi:-

Mainly Bhojpuri is spoken here and Hindi is also widely understood and spoken. Sanskrit is the oldest language here and Urdu is written in the style of Persian alphabets.

 When is the best time to visit Varanasi?

The best time to visit Varanasi is during winters that is between November to February. As the temperature is low, there is a calm breeze throughout the day. A total of 2 to 3 days is enough to visit Varanasi.  

 12 Famous things to buy in Varanasi:-

Some of the very famous things to buy in Varanasi are listed below:-
Banarasi silk sarees
Crystal or Stone Shivalinga 
Holy water of Ganga
Gulabi Minakari
Rudraksha mala
Glass beads
Wooden toys
Bangles and hand clotted carpets.

Here are some tips to know what not to do in Varanasi:

Since Varanasi is considered a sacred place, you should dress conservatively while visiting temples to avoid frowns from other pilgrims in the temples! Some temples have a strict code like- you will be allowed in temples only if you wear a saree or kurta. Also drink alcohol only in restaurants or bars and not in open. Don't visit temples only during daytime, venture into the streets of Varanasi at night (it's absolutely safe) and enjoy the Ganga aarti from the boats. The spirituality of the city and it's culture can only be understood if you walk in the narrow streets. Plan a trip during Holi or Diwali to experience how people celebrate two of the most biggest and magnificent festivals in India.  Visitors are not allowed to carry cell phones, camers, belts with metal buckles, shoes, cigarettes and lighters into the temple premises. Keep in  mind that foreigners are not allowed to visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple or the adjacent mosque.  

 What to do in Varansi?

Some of the most popular places in Varanasi are listed below:

Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple
Manikarnika ghat
Assi ghat
Ramnagar fort
Dhamek stupa
Chaukhandi stupa
Ganga aarti
Shri Durga temple
Tulsi Manas mandir
Baba Kaal Bhairav temple
Ashoka pillar
Malviya bridge
Sarnath Buddhist temple
Dharmarajika stupa
Wat Thai Sarnath temple
Kashi temple

Where to stay in Varanasi?

When we visited Varanasi, we stayed at The Ramada Plaza hotel by Wyndham JHV. The hotel is upscale and luxurious, has contemporary rooms, free WiFi, flat tv screens, minibar, tea-coffee making facilities. The best thing is that kids years 17 and under can stay free with an adult.  The hotel has an outdoor pool, fitness center and a spa with 3 restaurants and 2 bars. It is also a bushiness center and has 4 large and spacious meeting or conference rooms. Also, the hotel holds events like weddings, get togethers, small pre nuptial ceremonies, birthday parties etc. The best thing is that the founder has established the JHV mall right next to the hotel which is a walking distance of merely 2 minutes! The location of the hotel is very close to the railway station in the main area of Varanasi and hardly a few minutes from the airport. Complimentary breakfast is also provided. It serves delicious food and plenty of local sweets. Overall the stay was nice, the hotel is definitely recommended while staying at Kashi. 
Other luxury hotels in Varanasi are listed below:-
Costa Riviera hotel
Tridev hotel
Rivatas by ideal
Hotel Castillo
Hotel Varanasi inn
The Fern Residency
Radisson hotel Varanasi
Taj Ganges Varanasi
Taj Nadesar Palace Varanasi

MORE INFORMATION:- Also, a big festival is held in Varanasi that is actually an annual music festival held at the Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanuman temple.People perform Indian classical music and dance throughout the festival. It is scheduled every year on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti that celebrates the birth of deity Lord Hanuman. The festival also allows people to perform without charging any fees and the entry is also free of cost. The stage is set up in such a way, that it ensures, there is very less distance between the audience and performers, that gives you the authentic small town theater experience. Well known classical artists come to perform there and reconnect with the audience. Luckily when we visited the temple, we got to watch Anup Jalota perform some of his 'bhajans'. With all this we get to know that, Banaras is a small provincial place with deep and proud history. 

With this the blog comes to an end. Hope you find this information useful and fascinating enough to plan your next trip to Kashi or Varanasi! Till then stay safe and healthy folks.


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