Things to see in Varanasi

Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Varanasi.
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  • You can see people cremating their dead, and also bodies which have not been cremated floating down the river. People bathing in it to purify themselves. A crazy tourist jumped into the river without fear of mutation: D When you th...
  • This was one of the most incredibly powerful experience I've had during my travels. The ghats are terraced stairs that give people access to the Ganges river. They're always bustling with activity from the crack of dawn when the wom...
  • Benares is one of India’s holy cities and a place that will leave you speechless. The most iconic parts of Benares are the ghats, steps which lead down to the Ganges and are where many rituals and daily chores take place. It’s a hol...
  • I found this historic place very close to Varanasi. It's where Buddhism originated. In this park (known as Deer Park) was where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, gave his first speech on the ways to travel the path of Dharma. Today it...
  • Bharat Mata Temple, which is also known as the Temple of Mother India, was the first landmark we visited in Varanasi. It is quite unusual and cool, there is not much to beat it in Varanasi. This temple was built in 1918 and its main...
  • The shadus are Hindus who have chosen asceticism as a lifestyle. Moving away from needs, vices and pleasures humans are able to reach a higher state of consciousness and become worthy of nirvana. They are considered holy men and liv...
  • Benares was unlike anything we had seen so far, a different world in every way. Varanasi is like a big maze where you can see everything. Cows in stores, misery, sadhus, foul odours, people everywhere, pilgrims from around the world...
  • Along with the famous Manikarnika Ghat, the Ghat Dasaswamedh is one of the most significant and visited things in Varanasi or Benares. The name "Dasaswamedh Ghat" comes from an ancient legend, which means "10 sacrificed horses on th...
  • Piles of corpses covered with colorful blankets, or with flowers and other ornaments waiting to be burned in the eternal fire. The Hindus believe that to attain Nirvana and leave the cycle of reincarnation, your body must be consume...
  • On Ganges Road, near the main ghat, is the market. The typical bustle of active centers in Indian cities, with all its charm but also its chaos (watch your bags). Lassis, samosas, delicious fruit juices, many of which I had never se...
  • Many people come to Varanasi , or Benares, believing that everything in the Indian city goes through its ghats on the Ganges, or 'Ganga'. In some ways they have a point: The sacred river and everything that happens in its banks h...
  • Every day at sunset this ceremony is repeated in the Ghats of Dasaswamedh and Man Mandir in Varanasi. The ceremony was very solemn, crowds of devotees gather who arrive on foot or by boat. During the ritual, where the smoke, fire an...
  • The small ashram in the historical and tourist center of Varanasi, offers meditation, yoga, and inner art of healing classes. Is a confortable and simple place. Near Shivala Ghat
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