Visit Varanasi and immerse yourself in spirituality

Arvind Agrawal By Arvind Agrawal, 23rd Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2d5_a984/
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Varanasi is a revered city for the Hindus. Thousands of devotees throng this city every day to take a dip in the holy waters of River Ganga and pay a visit to its ancient temples.

Visit Varanasi and immerse yourself in spirituality

Varanasi is a revered city for the Hindus. Thousands of devotees throng this city every day to take a dip in the holy waters of River Ganga and pay a visit to its ancient temples. Also known as Kashi and Banaras, Varanasi gets its name from the two rivers Varuna located at the north and Assi located at the south of the city. The holy city is said to be one of the oldest cities on earth and finds its mention in several ancient scripture including the holy epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Apart from its religious significance, Varanasi is also famous as an education centers. While businessmen visit Banaras for the intricate Banarasi sarees and brassware items made in the city. This enthralling city invites people from all walks of life and interests and engulfs them in its unique colors and spirituality. To provide its tourists a home away from home, there are hundreds of hotels in Varanasi. With so many choices, you'll certainly find one that suits your budget and sensibilities.

Significance of Varanasi in Hinduism

It is believed that the city of Varanasi was founded by Lord Shiva some 5000 years ago. Blessed by the Supreme God himself, Hindus consider it a must to visit the city once in their lifetime. A bath in the sacred River Ganga is said to wash away a person's sins. It is also believed that people who die in the holy city attain moksha or salvation. Varanasi is also famous as a place for performing last rites of Hindus. Mortal remains of Hindus are immersed in the water of Ganges in Kashi.

Places you must see while in Varanasi

Varanasi has several tourists attractions for religious as well as leisure tourists. Some of the major attractions of the city are its ghats. They are exotic at early mornings and look resplendent with diyas at the time of evening aarti. Some of must visit ghats of Banaras include Assi Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Ganga Ghat, Harischandra Ghat, Kabir Ghat and Manirka Ghat. Some of the most famous temples of Varanasi that you must visit while on a trip to Varanasi include Bharat Mata temple, Durga temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Sankat Mochan temple, and Vishwanath temple. But temples and ghats are not the only places of interest in Varanasi. There's lot more that fascinates and interests the tourists such the Archaeological Museum, Benaras Hindu University (BHU), Bharat Kala Bhavan, Buddhist Stupas and temples at Sarnath.

Where should you stay in Varanasi

If you have decided to discover the beauty and magnificence of Varanasi, your next dilemma can be to find out a good hotel at Varanasi. Well, there are a large number of big and small hotels in Varanasi located along the banks and away from the river to cater to the preference and affordability of visiting tourists. Many tourists prefer Varanasi hotels located near the banks of the river as it makes it easier for them to visit the ghats and temples. You can find both budget and luxury hotels near the ghats. Diamond Hotel in Varanasi is one such luxury hotel situated close to famous ghats and temples. You can trawl the net or consult your tour operator to help you find a hotel that meets your needs and plan your spiritual tour to Varanasi.

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Arvind Agrawal from Varanasi is deeply impressed with the holy city of Varanasi. He loves its exotic ghats and ancient temples and particularly relishes a dip in the mighty river Ganga. He regularly shares his views on the city, the places he has vis...(more)

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