Things to see in Varanasi

Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Varanasi.
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  • Varanasi is a city where earth and mysticism combine. It's one of the holiest cities of Hinduism and a place of one of the first preachings of Buddha. In the city you can find everything from the most typical small bazaars to small...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • One of the experiences I remember most about my trip to India was the Aarti ceremony on the banks of the river Ganges.It was carried out every night, and can only be performed by young members of the Brahmin caste (the upper class i...
  • 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...
  • There are a ton of things to do and see in Varanasi. It's definitely a journey through time. As you can see from the photos, boats are still really important to transport things, the length and breadth of the entire river Ganges (Ga...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • From old times to new and some, marks one of the most important rites, the cremation of bodies. THe fire purifies the soul from the body, which is a prison! Finally, they throw the ashes into the Ganges. This is the way they break w...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • As I was told the "Bids" (offerings) consist of three parts: The first when everyone sings together; the actors and the recruited group get everyone involved singing and clapping. After nearly 20min it ends with blowing shells that ...
  • How do Hindus brush their teeth? The indians use these neem sticks in the streets of Varanasi as their natural toothbrush, quite economic of them. The next time you are traveling internationally or within your own country to another...
  • The temple is situated about 10 kms from the city of Varanasi. It is one of the most important temples for Buddhists, it was here where Buddha gave his 1st sermon around the year 528 BC to his followers, having gained supreme knowle...
  • As usual in Hindu ceremonies, everything is clensed with fire. It is the strangest ritual: The chandeliers used are previously lit by the audience. They continue lighting the candles then run their hands over the fire and purified d...
  • The Indian Temple of the Mother leaves no one indifferent. It's built in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, which was constucted by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt. This temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936 so that citizens coul...
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