Varanasi Tourism
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Varanasi Tourism

Varanasi Info

  • State: Uttar Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 81 m
  • Pincode: 221001
  • District: Varanasi
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 0542
  • Weather: Summer 21 to 38°C, Winter 8 to 27°C

Varanasi is regarded as one of the oldest cities in the world and is also known as Banaras. Travellers have many places when it comes to sightseeing in Varanasi. Make sure to book resorts in Varanasi beforehand for a comfortable stay.

By Bus: Plan the Varanasi trip by bus to blend into the culture and heritage of this wonderful place. Many travel agencies and the UP government operates services that enable travellers to enjoy their Varanasi trip by bus enjoyable and economical. Plan your Varanasi visit by bus after checking HolidayIQ website to know the timings of services.

By Train: Travellers can board a Varanasi train anywhere in India as this place is well connected by rail. Sangamitra Express, Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express and North East Express are some of the long distance trains to Varanasi. Railways are always the answer when it comes to how to go to Varanasi fast and economically. Always check the Varanasi train timetable in the HolidayIQ website to know the exact timings of various services.

By Flight: Direct flights to Varanasi are available from all around the globe as UNESCO chose this as the ‘City of Music’. This dismisses the question of how to reach Varanasi. The Varanasi airport is named after the first Prime Minister of Indi. It is better to book the flight to Varanasi at the earliest during festive seasons.

By Car/Cab: The best option is Varanasi by car as this helps in travelling to lesser-known tourist places. Of all tourist places in the world, a trip to Varanasi by road gives you a unique feeling of spirituality and faith. Check out the HolidayIQ website to know about Varanasi car rentals that offer better packages. Varanasi travel by car can become inconvenient during festive seasons as the roads will have heavy traffic.


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Pramod reddy

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  • Pramod reddy
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  • 36 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Varanasi / Kasi visit is life time wish for many indians."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Varanasi/Kashi /Benaras is the greatest pilgrimage Center in India. Every Hindu likes to visit this city at least once. Most sacred Indian city. One of the oldest cities in the world.

If you believe in God of Siva, this city of Siva, must be visited. There can't be better than this. Ganga arthi at evenings at Ganga ghat could be s great feast to eye.

The Vishwanath temple is the holiest place in the country. Many temples are in the city to watch.

Please note that Kasi visit is the lifetime wish for many Indians.
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Aryan singh

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  • Aryan singh
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"Nice hotel, room worth what we paid"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Hotel was in the market area, it was not very much far from the station. Room facilities were nice, and most important it was clean. But it was smaller than what we have saw in the picture. Management was supportive, had a nice experience☺. Like to visit the same hotel another time also.
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Anjan chaudhuri

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  • Anjan chaudhuri
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"Janki international ... A good hotel in Varanasi"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
My earlier hotel review was meant for hotel janki international and not for j. K. International. Please correct the name of the reviewed hotel as hotel janki international, Varanasi. I could not understand how my review for hotel janki is appearing as review of an unknown hotel named j.
Thank you.
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Supriyo ghosh

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  • Supriyo ghosh
  • 2 Reviews
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"A great trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Really a superb trip. Wish to roll back again with MMT. Having plans for Tirupati, Kanyakumari and asam ... Lets see. Coming to the point had an amazing trip. Everything was so organised and oriented. No problem I faced. Starting from boarding the train to return back no where I faced problem. Varanasi is a good venue to go with family for a trip I felt. Thank you make my trip.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
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"Must visit destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I had been to Varanasi by train in the month of December 2016. Varanasi is a must-visit destination in the tourism circuit of Uttar Pradesh. The must-visit attractions around Varanasi include the Sarnath Museum, Banaras Hindu University and the iconic Jantar Mantar. The Sarnath Museum has a rich collection of sculptures and artefacts relating to the Buddha and Bodhisattva Era. The biggest attraction of the Sarnath Museum is the Ashoka Pillar. It is covered with 4 back-to-back lions which is India's national symbol. Below this are figures of elephant, horse and bull. The Banaras Hindu University was established by Pt Madan Mohan Malviya in 1916. Dr Annie Besant played a major role in its formation. The campus is spread over an area measuring 1300 acres. The BHU has 3 institutes, 14 faculties and 124 departments. The Jantar Mantar was built by Raja Jai Singh in 1737. He was very much interested in science and technology, and a special interest in Astronomy. This observatory was built in line with Jaipur, Ujjain, Mathura and Delhi observatories. The Jantar Mantar was specially built to locate local time.
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Sahil jain

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  • Sahil jain
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"Oldest of the eldest"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Varanasi formerly called as Kashi/Benaras is incredible in every way. Ganga ghats are the main attraction, each ghat has its unique history. A web of narrow streets, which is pretty much confusing will lead you to the various ghats. Dashashwamedh, Manikarnika, Pandey & Kedar ghat are my personal favourite. A boat ride is the best way to experience the ghats & river Ganga. Ganga aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat is a big attraction among tourists, which is a experience for life. Street Food at Varanasi was another surprise for me, as I wasn't expecting such delicious taste & uniqueness. Must try are- Tamatar Chaat at Kashi Chat Bhandaar, Lassi at Bana Lassi, Masala Vada at The Dosa Cafe. Kashi Vishwanath Mandir is fine, as I am not much of a mandir man. Sorry for my bad writing skills, not a blogger.
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Manjunath bhat

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  • Manjunath bhat
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"Best place to be"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The Holy capital of India :)
A must visit place in India. Many Hindus and foreigners throng this place. People coming here at peace with himself here.
All the Ganga Ghats are the must visit place. The Ganga Aarthi on Dashashwamedh Ghat is a treat to watch.
The Jalebis and Onion kachoris and the Lassi with rabri is a must eat here.
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Sanjay gokarn

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  • Sanjay gokarn
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"Perfect"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is the most sacred place for hindus and also the experience of bathing in the Ganges which is supposed to be once in life time for Hindus a must.
We saw the Ganga Aarthi by sitting in the boat which is actually a very good experience of Ghats also.
Visit to Kashi Vishwanath Temple is a must to do.
When travelling in the boat the whole Ghat looks like the Bow of LordRama.
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Ranjan sharma

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  • Ranjan sharma
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"Mr. RANJAN sharma"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Om Namo shiavay. Varanasi is the place I like the most, excellent place to visit, shiv li nagri ke darshan Karen la anbhv romanchit mar d'eta hi. Ghat are vere beautiful and Ancient, evening arrati is awasome, people from different countries came nere to see thik arti, sankat mochan mandir is a very godo Palace, you can feel the presence of Sri hanuman ji here, Jamal bhairav mandir is very nice place, you can go to banaras hindu vishvdiyalia and burla mandir, go to pray to Kashi vishanath temple, you can taste Lot of Local food. And visit to sarnath also
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Sandeep Tewari

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  • Sandeep Tewari
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  1166 readers

"Vibrant City"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Varanasi the Sacred city for Hindus is a very vibrant city, if its your first visit then either you will fall in love with this city or you will hate this city for its mismanaged traffic, pathetic Roads. I think it is one of the most crowded city of India. If you are in Varanasi for a flying visit then a visit to Kashivishwanath Temple in the morning is a must, followed by eating at the famous eating outlets in Chowk area like Ram Bhandar for famous Kachoris which are available till 10. 30am for Breakfast, Madhu & Kashi Chaat Bhandar for tikkis, special Poha etc. Tamatar chaat is must have & speciality of Varanasi, which you don't get it in Delhi. If you want to do some quick shopping for Banarsi sarees & Duppattas then SND is the place near Chowk thana, although it is bit expensive but best shop in Varanasi with vide variety, basically they are wholesalers but entertain walking customers also. For evening Aarti you must visit Dasashwmedh Ghat, where the Aarti starts at 6. 15 pm. For Dinner you must visit the Cafes around Assi Ghat, which is the most happening area, all the foreigners reside in this area only. Itihas Cafe is good, for pizzas, italian &Indian thali. Lot of students from BHU also visit this Resturent. Openhand cafe is also good for its ambience &Pastas. I would say it's a must visit city, it is said if you cremated on the Banks of river Ganga in Varanasi then you attain moksh. Many people in there old age start residing in the Ashrams here, so that they can die here peacefully &attain moksh. If you have two days in Varanasi, then a visit to Sarnath is a must which is holy place for Buddhist &Jains. Varanasi is a city of Temples with famous Sankat Mochan temple also here. This city has got something for everyone wheather it is religious beliefs, Shopping, it is also a Foodies paradise.
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