Varanasi is the last updated name driven from Banaras(which formerly was Kashi). The name of Kashi was renamed as Benaras by britishers but later rular Akbar changed it to Banaras which significantly means ‘City of Lights’.
Just imagine, the where its name has struggled overs years, whereas the city remains the equally exotic as the history. Mark Twain, a famous American writer, humorist once quotes, “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”
I am sure that our beautiful Banaras is on your bucket list, that is why, I will try to explain you some must try things in Banaras.
Top things to do in Varanasi
Explore Ghats of Banaras with Boat/Cruise
Banaras is a city of Ghats. There are 88 Ghats are in this place. All Ghats can not be covered manually if you have limited time. So best way to cover all Ghats in picturesque landscape, must try Boat for your unforgettable journey. From past few years, Cruise facility is also convenient.
Ganga aarti is the most prominent event of Banaras on daily basis. The famous aarti of Dashashwamedh Ghat is what people came for. The evening aarti at 7 pm is most crowded time at this ghat. Thousands of people gathered here just to attend and record the aarti.
By the way, aarti of Assi Ghat is yet another famous spot in Banaras where you can attend aarti much more convenient way, due to less crowd(and by less, I dont mean few people, just lesser than Dashashwamedh Ghat).
Kashi Vishwanath and Countless Temples
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the main and significant temple of Banaras. It is also called as Golden Temple as the shikhar of temple is gold plated. This place have one of the biggest Jyotirlinga among 12 Jyotirlingas in India.
This auspicious temple is situated near Dashashwadmedh Ghat. Which is quite easy to cover that circle with walking distance.
Ye Galiya Banaras ki…
You must have heard of this song, “Tu ban ja gali banaras ki, mai sham tak talak bhatku tujme…” was a perfect elaboration of Banaras ki galiya. Just roaming around streets of Banaras is itself a mesmerising experience. Be a traveler, wander like a hippie, this place has everything your eyes will fall in love with.
Must visit Banaras Hindu University
BHU, have itself a life. The university was founded in 1916, which very soon become one of the prominent education part of nation. Research centre and institution is covered into a wide area. You can go to the library and look for historic research books if you like so, otherwise it there is Vishvanath temple inside the university which captures students and devotees as well.
Relish mouthwatering flavours of Kashi
One word comes into my mind when it comes to the local food of Banaras, i.e “Delightful”. Baati Chaukha(shown in the picture above), Blue lassi, Malaiyyo, Tamatar chaat, Laungatta are some of the delicious items which you should must try while roaming around the streets of Banaras.