Since it my first post to the blog, I wanted to start it with my own city “Varanasi”. The city of Ghats, Temples and Chaos. Famous for it’s narrow lanes, majority of Indian Tourists come here to spend their last few days on this planet Earth. Well that certainly does not mean that people from our generation can’t visit the city. They certainly can.
Amidst the attractions it would be improper to start with anything else than the famous “Kashi Vishwanath” Temple.
Based on the shores of river ganga, the now standing temple was reconstructed in the 17th Century.
Next in line is the famous Ganga Aarti
which takes place every morning and at the evening as well. The best way to spend your evening is to sit by the shores of Ganges on the numerous ghats which was built by various rulers in past. You could just sit there and watch the Ganges flow by your side keeping away your worries.
(a boat ride on assi ghat)
Another major tourist attraction in the city is Sarnath, the place where Gautam Buddha gave his first preaching. The city’s description would be incomplete without mentioning the Mahashamshan, the Manikarnika Ghat, which as the name suggests is famous for being a Gate to moksh (referring to being free from the circle of life and death). Then one can always visit the Ramnagar Fort, though in size it may be one of the smallest forts in the country, it still is a home to the royals of Kashi Kingdom.
Attractions here includes swords as long as 18 fts and other weapons used in the 18th Century. The view of the Ganges river from the backside of the fort is also worth checking out.
Few other attractions include temples such as the V.T. temple in B.H.U., Durga Temple and the Sankatmochan Temple (this has one of the most peculiar statue of Lord Hanumana) and one Tulsi Manas Mandir which was inaugurated by Shri Rajendra Prasad, the first president of India. There are numerous other temples too.
Dilli ki chat might be famous but if you’re someone who loves street food, you should definitely check out what the city has to offer. Lassi & Mishrambhu are a must try. Then there’s mallaiyo if you’re visiting the city in winters (which is also the best time to visit the city, rains are a complete no no as despite the improved conditions of the roads , the city is still a mess in monsoons).
The city is well connected with major airports and railway stations across the city (fun fact the city is almost Midway between Delhi and Kolkata, each reachable by an overnight journey by train).
I would finish this blog by quoting Mark Twain who said on his visit to the city in 1897 that
“Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”
For once you should visit the city. The city of temples and ghats, with it’s own flavor and it’s own masti.
Har Har Mahadev!!!!