Varanasi Tourist Attractions.

Mark Twain once famously said – “Banaras is Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” Varanasi also was known as Banaras, Benaras or Kashi, is one of the oldest, continuously inhabited city of the world. It is one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism, known as the “Cultural Capital” of India and is one of the global “Cities of Music” as recognized by UNESCO.

There is so much to explore in Varanasi, there is something for every kind of traveller here, whether you are looking to shop till you drop or are trying to find a unique food trail or looking forward to experiencing the cultural heritage of the city or just want to unwind, floating in a boat in the mighty Ganges. Here are our suggestions for “Must See” places in Varanasi.

Assi Ghat

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Assi Ghat is the southernmost ghat of Varanasi, situated at the confluence of Ganges and its tributary Assi river. Start your day here even before dawn by witnessing the phenomenal Subah-e Banaras

Dashashwamedh Ghat

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Photo - Manav Kumar

Probably the most famous ghat of Varanasi for its proximity to Kashi Vishwanath and other popular markets of Varanasi. It gets its unique name from the legend that lord Brahma, the creator of the Universe performed ashwamedhyagna here and sacrificed 10 horses, hence dash-ashwamedh. This ghat is easily the most happening and colourful place of this ancient city. From dawn to dusk and even beyond this ghat is always bustling with energy and various activities.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

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Photo - Manish Khattry

Vishwanath (the ruler of the world), is the presiding deity of Kashi or Varanasi and is a manifestation of Lord Shiva. As per the legends, Kashi is considered to be the city of Shiva, resting over his trident. The temple dedicated to Vishwanath is one of the major temples of not only Shaivites but entire Hindu religion. Its one of the 12 jyotirlinga in the country and probably the most revered one

Ganga Boat ride

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Have you ever felt like sitting in a quiet and distant pedestal and watch life flowing by you? A boat ride along the eighty ghats on the sides of the Holy Ganges will take you on an inwards journey, stirring the deepest emotions in your soul you didn’t know existed.

Ganga Aarti

Photo -  Manav Kumar
Photo - Manav Kumar

Spirituality is not always about religion or God – it is about getting in touch with what moves your soul, your spirit and listening to its voice. For some, it is achieved via religion, for some via science, for some via catering to their sensory stimulations in the purest and most satisfying of ways.

Ramnagar Fort

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This fort, built in 1750, is the home to the royal family of Varanasi although the title was obliterated in 1971. Built on the eastern banks of the river Ganges, though the fort is now almost in a ruin state, yet it’s an effective way to look back to the glorious history of the kingdom. The castle is build in typical Mughal architecture with open courtyards, pavilions and carved balconies


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Photo - Vinay tripathi

Around 10 kms north-east from the city of Varanasi, stands the beautiful and serene Sarnath, one of the four designated pilgrimage sites in Buddhism and its followers across the globe. Sarnath was earlier known as Isipatana, houses a deer park, where Gautam Buddha taught about Dharma for the first time.

Jantar Mantar ( Maan Singh Observatory)

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Jantar Mantar or Maan Singh Observatory is an astronomical observatory made by Mahraja Jai Singh II of Amer (present day Jaipur). It was constructed in line with other 4 such observatories commissioned by Maharaja Jai Singh though it’s much smaller than the ones in Delhi and Jaipur. It was constructed in 1737 and is situated on the roof top of the Man Mandir Palace near Dashashwamedh Ghat. It displays many instruments like sun dial and others that were used to measure the local time and altitude, define eclipses, movement of the Sun, stars and other planets. It also showcases a lot of literature about history of Varanasi, Ganges and these instruments.

Banaras Hindu University

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Claimed to be the largest residential campus in Asia, Banaras Hindu Vishwavidyalaya or as it is commonly known as BHU is a fascinating stretch of green. The campus is beautiful and well organised. The University which was established in 1916 by pt

Temples of Banaras

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Banaras is also known as the religious and spiritual capital of India. It is also known as a temple city with estimated 23,000 temples across the city. Other than the legendary Vishwanath temple and Birla temple there are many other temples of huge significance in Hinduism. Some notable ones are SankatMochan Mandir dedicated to Lord Hanuman

Banaras Ghats

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Ghats of Banaras are not only mere embankments on the riverfront, they are the very essence of Varanasi. Boat rides are the most common way to see these ghats,however, a stroll from one end to the other end covering almost 84 plus ghats can provide anybody a true glimpse of life in Varanasi. All these ghats are prayer ghats where natives of the land do their religious and daily chores too

Street food

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For a culture where food is considered holy and in itself equated to a God, it only logically follows that the city of Gods has its own unparalleled world of gastronomical delights. While the city may have now tasted the likes of McDonalds, Dominos ad other mascots of globalization, the real flavors of the city still reside in those steel bowls moving on the redis (small cart-wheels) or on the roadside stalls.

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It is an ancient stepwell waterbody in Varanasi which gains special significance during the monsoon season when the festival of LolarkShashthi, dedicated to Sun is celebrated by natives of Varanasi and nearby areas. This pond is situated near Tulsi Ghat

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