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 India. It is better to book the flight to Varanasi at the earliest during festive seasons.

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Hanuman Ghat, Varanasi

awesome puppet show
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Assi Ghat, Varanasi

Assi Ghat-nice place in evenin...
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7.0/7

Hanuman Ghat, Varanasi

Poor condition of ghats
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4.0/7
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Ojasvermaa Verma

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  • Ojasvermaa Verma
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 1 Review
  •  34 readers

"Best place to visit with family" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Best place to travel along with family. A very religious and holy place to go and stay and do some pooja with family members. Must suggest people to go and try the very best city in our country. You also get some good variety of food which contains some good taste.
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Surya

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  • Surya
  • 5 Reviews
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"Varanasi, The holy city in the bank of ganges" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Varanasi is religiously heritage city in Uttar Pradesh, India. Here you can fell the touch of divine, which was denotes in auspicious hindu mythology. In the morning you can take boat ride to visit different ghat of the ganges, which give you in unspeakable feelings. In the evening you enjoy ganga arati in the dasaswmedh ghat and Dr. Rajendra prasad ghat. And you also can visit kashi vishwanath temple where Lord Shiva is present.
In this city not only give you the spiritual feeling but also give you some amazing cultural lifestyle, which you never compare to any city in india. Here you can get famous Banaras saree in every garment store and manufacturing person. The food is awesome with famous banarasi pan and milk items. From here, you can visit some local sightseeing likes Sarnath, Baranasi hindu university, Chuner fort, brindachal, tulsi manas temple and sankat mochan temple.
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Shipra saha

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  • Shipra saha
  • 2 Reviews
  •  90 readers

"Excellent"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very much nice city but this time is very much hot we visit Kashi Vishuwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Ram Sita Temple and river side boating that's awesome but stay at hotel it's our bad experience in the life at RESHMI GUEST HOUSE Accommodation not much good and also they have genarator but after line cut they're not provide generator food is served very much low quality but charge like 5star hotel & also managers behaviour is very much bad and their Spa is vogus they're using mustard oil and not only that their massage person is totally inexperienced so this is our Varanasi tour except hotel everything is fine
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Alok Pandey

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  • Alok Pandey
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 photos
  • 18 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  7507 readers

"The Vedic Banaras"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Varanasi, one of the oldest city as per Hinduism, well known for Lord Shiva, Temples, Narrow Lanes, Ghats, Delicious Street Foods and Holy River Ganga. This city has everything to offer from tradition, culture with modern touch.
No tour of this grand old city is complete with a visit to the Ghats. Perhaps as old as Hinduism itself, each Ghat has a story from the legends. Great experience to be there in the Aarti ceremony and observe from the steps.
Visit to Varanasi will be incomplete without visiting Vishwanath Temple - One of the richest Temple.
Visit Ramnagar Fort and witness Ram Leela during Navratri, Enjoy local delicacies at Street food vendors, Get lost in sophisticated lanes, Do meditation at one of the Ghats early morning, Witness death rituals at the famous Manikarnika Ghat, Experience boat ride in Ganga early morning and many more experiences.
Experience India with Alok Pandey.
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Kushal Kamra

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  • Kushal Kamra
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 16 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  4583 readers

"City that stops the time"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
'When you watch the Ganges flowing ever so slowly, as if the time has stopped, the boatman doing its chore ever so slightly, the animals taking that holy Bath as if they own it ... The lights slowly going down, people coming and going ... You witness it all ... Ever so slowly. Like it's a dream ... The universe unfolds ... The sky effortlessly merging into the river and the horizon ... The Horizon just radiates a glow ... You know it's Banaras ... Oldest City to live'.
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Pramod reddy

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  • 39 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Varanasi / Kasi visit is life time wish for many indians."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2017
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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  •  303 readers

"Nice hotel, room worth what we paid"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 25, 2017
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
  • 2 Reviews
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"Janki international ... A good hotel in Varanasi"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2017
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.
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Supriyo ghosh

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  • Supriyo ghosh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  422 readers

"A great trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2017
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 Jan 22, 2017
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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