A sacred city Varanasi is the most sought after destination for pilgrims. The pious town is home to significant temples and ghats that make it stand out from other religious sites in India. Reckoned as the oldest city in India, Varanasi is said to be a creation of Lord Shiva. It is believed that one who takes a dip in the Ganga River of Varanasi gets absolved from all the sins.
On a trip to Varanasi immerse in the spirit of sacred town and also explore its popular tourist attractions that are listed below.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple:- A religious significant temple, its history can be traced back to 3500 years. Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is one of the 12th Jyotirlingas, which is the presiding deity of the temple. Square in shape the Temples dome was all gold that’s why it is also called the Golden Temple.
Monkey Temple:- It is yet another popular temple, which is also called Durga Temple. Goddess Durga is the deity of the temple and its architecture is inspired by Nagara style. Always crowded with monkeys, that’s how it derived its name.
Assi Ghat:- Located on the south of Varanasi this sacred ghat is frequented by tourists. Formed at the confluence of the River Ganga and Assi the devotees take bath before paying homage to a huge Shivalingam placed under a tree at the ghat.
Dasaswamedh Ghat:- It is believed to be the oldest ghat in Varanasi, which is situated near the Vishwanath temple. It is where the famous evening Aarti takes place, which makes it one of the top attractions in Varanasi. Often teeming with sadhus, and devotees, this ghat is a vital landmark of the holy town Varanasi.
Chunar Fort:- Replete with history the fort is situated at a distance of 31.6 km from Varanasi. The fort has been witness to various ownerships ranging from Afgan, Mughal to British Empire. It is a stunning structure that is surrounded by river Ganga offering a perfect backdrop for famous Bollywood movies.
Sarnath:- Located at a distance of 10 km from Varanasi city it is a Buddhist pilgrimage site that appeals to tourists. Noted for being the Buddha’s first preaching place it has many attractive sites that include museums, Buddhist temples, and Japanese and Korean Temples.