One can never get enough of the holy city Varanasi and its famous temples, but if you want to pack in some action, the city has a number of interesting sightseeing options. History, culture, and peace converge here, to make a wholesome holiday. Here are the top picks for travelers who are looking for something other than the famous attractions.

Sightseeing via Boat Ride

Boat rides are just plain good for the soul. The sense of peace and tranquility that can be restored while gently moving with the waves is magnificent.Here are some amazing sightseeing destinations that can be experienced along with a relaxing and peaceful boat ride:

Subah-e-Banaras (Mornings of Varanasi)

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Photo - Internet

The foggy light of dawn, the sleeping city, the much awaited morning when about to arrive, is the time morning breeze quietly whispers in dreams: “Wake up! O traveler! The morning calls upon you.”

Evening Ganga Aarti

Photo - Santosh Kumar Pandey
Photo - Santosh Kumar Pandey

 Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat which is the oldest of all the Ghats situated near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous and must see things in Varanasi.

Kashi Darshan

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Photo - Internet.

 The eternal light of a city illumining truth and revealing reality, intersecting with the earth is what we call ‘Kashi’. Meanwhile Kashi Darshan is a journey that will take you from one end of the city to the other to experience this

Ramnagar Fort Sightseeing

Photo -  chandra prakash singh
Photo - chandra prakash singh

Ramnagar fort is a fortification situated at the  eastern banks of river Ganges. The sandstone structure built by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh has been the home for Kashi Naresh since the 18th century. The current king and the resident of the fort is Pelu Bhiru Singh.

BHU Sightseeing

Photo -  Bhanu Prasad
Photo - Bhanu Prasad

Located on the southern edge of Varanasi, near the banks of the river Ganges, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is a public central university established in 1916 by Madan Mohan Malviya. With over 12,000 students residing in campus, it claims the title of largest residential university in Asia.The university has two campuses where the main campus is spread over 1,300 acres (5.3 km square) which is even larger than the two smallest countries in the world and was built on land donated by the Kashi Naresh. Banaras Hindu University is the only university in India to have 2 campuses, 3 Institutes, 16 faculties, 140 departments, 4 advanced departments and 4 interdisciplinary schools, thus making it the temple of learning. When you step in the university area it’s a completely different world. Everything about it is so humongous.Though the campus has a wide number of places to visit, in this article we have mentioned about the top two sights located inside the campus and it is strongly recommended to visit those beauties.

Bharat Kala Bhawan

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Photo - Internet.

Bharat Kala Bhawan is an art and archaeological museum on the campus. Established in January 1920, its first chairman was Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, with his nephew Abanindranath Tagore as the vice-chairman. The museum was expanded and gained prominence with the efforts of Rai Krishnadasa.

Vishwanath Temple, BHU

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Photo - Jazeel Mohammad

Located in the center of the campus, Vishwanath Temple aka Vishwanath Mandir, New Vishwanath Temple or Birla Temple, is the most prominent landmark of BHU. The foundation for this 252 feet (77 m) high complex of seven temples was laid in March 1931…

Tulsi Manas Mandir

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This is one of the most famous temples in the holy city of lights (Varanasi). This temple has great historical and cultural importance in Hinduism since the ancient Hindu epic Ramcharitmanas was originally written at this place by Hindu poet-saint, reformer and philosopher Goswami Tulsidas in the 16th century.

Baba Keenaram Sthal

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Photo - Internet

Baba Keenaram Sthal or Baba Keenaram Sthal-Kreem Kund is a world fame spiritual center and headquarters/pilgrim of Aghora sect. across the world, situated near the Assi Ghat, Varanasi

Lolark Kund

lolark kund 3
lolark kund 3

Situated few meters away from the Assi Ghat, Lolark Kund is the oldest living site in Varanasi. It is said that a sacred bath at Lolark Kund gets rid of leprosy and skin diseases. There are steps leading to the Kund from three sides and a well-like formation on the fourth side.

Man Mahal Observatory (Jantar Mantar)

Photo -  Chandra prakash singh
Photo - Chandra prakash singh

Man Mahal situated on the western bank of river Ganga just adjacent to the famous Dashashwamedh ghat at Varanasi is a beautiful palace and an example of Mughal-Rajput architecture with stone balconied windows and painted ceiling. It is famous specially for its masonry observatory.

Rajghat and Malviya Bridge

Photo -  Arvind Kumar
Photo - Arvind Kumar

Situated at the northern part of the city, Rajghat is a place that has archeological mounds that represents the ancient settlement of the city on the northern outskirts, near the confluence of Ganga and Varuna. This settlement had attained socio-economic prosperity during pre-Mauryan times and was a great centre of arts, culture and religion.

Sarnath Sightseeing

Photo -  Vikas Kumar.
Photo - Vikas Kumar.

Sarnath is a place located 13 kilometers north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautam Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightment of Kondanna. Singhpur, a village approximately one kilometre away from the site, was the birthplace of Shreyansanath, the Eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism, and a temple dedicated to him, is an important pilgrimage site. Also referred to as Isipatana, this place is mentioned by the Buddha as one of the four places of pilgrimage to which his devout followers should visit, if they wanted to visit a place for that reason. It was also the site of the Buddha’s ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’, which was his first teaching after attaining enlightenment, in which he taught the four noble truths and the teachings associated with it. Below are the must visit sights in Sarnath.

Chaukhandi Stupa

Photo -  Chandra Prakash Singh
Photo - Chandra Prakash Singh

Chaukhandi Stupa is one of the important Buddhist Stupas at Sarnath. It is a lofty mound of brick, whose square edifice is surrounded by an octagonal tower. Stupas have evolved from burial mounds and serve as a shrine for a relic of the Buddha.

Dhamek Stupa

dhameka stupa

The Dhamek Stupa is a massive Stupa located at Sarnath which is said to mark the spot where the Buddha gave the first sermon to his first five brahmin disciples after attaining enlightenment, revealing his Eightfold Path leading to nirvana.

Sarnath Museum

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Photo- Internet

To keep the antiquities found from the site, a decision was taken in 1904 by the Government of India to construct a site museum adjacent to the excavated site at Sarnath, hence the Sarnath Museum. It is the oldest site museum of Archaeological Survey of India

Crafts Museum

Photo -  Jawahar Sehgal
Photo - Jawahar Sehgal

Varanasi has a rich cultural heritage where Banarasi Silk Sarees and Crafs are an integral part of the Indian landscape. Varanasi handloom makes India proud of its heritage. The handloom and handicraft products of Varanasi have got wide recognition all over the country and abroad for their highly artistic design, color combination, superior craftsmanship and long durability.

Mulgandha Kuti Vihar

Photo - Vishal Singh
Photo - Vishal Singh

Mulgandha Kuti Vihar is a temple located at Sarnath amidst brick ruins of ancient Sarnath, and is well-known for its magnificent murals and frescos. This Buddhist temple is relatively new and therefore offers a sharp contrast to the ruins of Sarnath.

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