Varanasi: Explore Hinduism

Hinduism is the religion of India celebrated everywhere. The majority of Indians follow it. Devotees visit temples and go on religious tours for proper harmony. One such sacred city is Varanasi or Banaras, which’s devotional magnificence, is beyond words. I recently visited the holy town, and I will try my best to share tips on making the most out of your tour in Varanasi. This is Varanasi: Explore Hinduism.

Go for an early morning cruise on Ganga: One of the best ways to experience Hinduism up close in Varanasi is near the Ganga Ghats in the morning. A holy place is usually a place for bathing, but religious cremations also occur here. A personal highlight I enjoyed while boating was the people practicing praying to the sun god. It was genuinely harmonious.   

Early morning cruise on Ganga

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Take a sunset boat ride: It is the other best way to witness Hinduism up close and Varanasi. The vistas during sunset are breathtaking, and you can also see the Grand Ganga Aarti ceremony on Dashashwamedh Ghat. The ceremony involves locals and pilgrims performing rituals alongside the priests, the greatness of which cannot be described in words.   

sunset boat ride

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Explore old Varanasi: The old city of Varanasi shows you an experience of the day in the life of the local Indians. The old town stretches back from the Western Ganga bank in a puzzle of tight Galis (pedestrian alleys). The riverbank is lined up with over 80 cremation grounds, with the Dashashwamedh Ghat being the busiest and most well-known. Another astonishing fact is that Pi-dogs, wild cows, Sadhus, and street children live near these cinders.    

Explore old Varanasi

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Don’t forget to shop for textiles: Not only is Varanasi an important pilgrimage site in India, but it is also famous for its elegant fabrics, including some of the finest silk in India. I suggest getting your pick on one of these as a souvenir. Also, don’t forget to buy the Gossamer-cotton weave, for which Varanasi has been famous for more than 2000 years.    

Shop for textiles

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Visit Sarnath – the holy Buddhist site: As facts go along, it is the famous place, 10 Km from Varanasi, where Buddha gave his first sermon here and taught Nirvana the message of the middle way. So it is indeed one of the holiest Buddhist sites.

Sarnath – the holy Buddhist site

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Explore Banaras Hindu University: A place where students can get top-quality education in a relaxed and harmonious way, near the holy Ganga Ghats is the Banaras Hindu University, which continues Varanasi’s tradition of offering education to all. Built in 1916 in Indo-Gothic style, it is one of the largest universities in Asia, with about 20000 students from around 34 countries enrolled.

Banaras Hindu University

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Where to stay in Banaras

Now that you know how to get the best experience of Varanasi, you need a place to stay. I recommend the following two hotels for a luxurious stay

  • Taj Nadesar Palace.
  • Brijrama Palace.

Taj Nadesar Palace

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The perfect itinerary for Varanasi

I would say that Varanasi will be a perfect fit for your North India Tour plan. I recommend adding it between Delhi and Agra via direct flights. 

Another idea is to add Jaipur to your plan and make a Golden Triangle Tour with Varanasi.

The perfect itinerary for Varanasi

Author Bio :-I am Oscar Walker, a photographer from Wellington, England. It has been my hobby, passion, and profession to travel the world and click beautiful pictures. I also love to share my experiences with others via blogs and articles. I recently had a trip to India, and it was terrific.

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