If you are going to visit the holy city of Benaras, will you see only the temple, the ghats, the BHU? Generally, people who go to Benaras or Varanasi often come back without exploring the city to the fullest. Apart from ghats, temples and the BHU, Varanasi has lots more to it. There is enough of sightseeing potential in this ancient city.
The experience of this city’s journey will change you from within. Varanasi is known as the largest pilgrimage between the earth and the heavens. For Hindus, it is considered necessary to come here once in the life of bathing the Ganga.
Due to the confluence of God Shiva in the holy city Kashi, the sacred river the Ganges and the gods, Lord Mahadev is also known as the city of Mokshadiana. It has been the stronghold of religious, spiritual thoughts and beliefs of Hindus, Buddhists and Jains society.
That is why it is also called the cultural centre of ancient education, religion, philosophy, yoga, Ayurveda, astrology, song music, art literature and spirituality. Everyday life on the shore edge and Ganga Aarti in the evening, change the attitude of the people towards this holy river. Banarasi silk sarees and carpets have identified it in the global market as well.
Spending morning in the temples is an experience purifying mind at a spiritual level. If you are going to Banaras then take a day or two Varanasi travel package and get out. Imagine your journey will remain incomplete without visiting these places located near Banaras.
Sarnath, which is just 10 km away, is a big pilgrimage centre for Buddhist pilgrims. It is believed that after receiving knowledge in Bodh Gaya, Lord Buddha gave the first sermon here in Sarnath. It is known as Mahadham Chakra transformation.
The creation of Dhamek Stupa and others is a sign that it must have been important at that time. Emperor Ashoka had set up a huge column in the form of a symbol of Buddhist association here 273-232 BC. The lion founded above is today the national symbol of India.
If you are going to Banaras, do not forget to watch the arena. Looking at the wrestling youth, you will get excited about yourself.
The fort of Chunar is
Located 40 km from Varanasi, this place is a wonderful confluence of religion, history and nature. On the banks of the Ganges, the forests on the Vindhya Chain can be tracked in the daytime. The Chunar fort is another scenic spot, which is covered with lakes, a temple made of huge stones about 1000 years old. The famous Durga Khoh Mandir, built on the Zirna Nala, is a fine example of the natural rock shelter. On its walls, rare figures and pictures are engraved.
You have seen Ramnagar’s Fort in many films. You can easily see the fort of Ramnagar by standing at eighty Ghats, but to see its magnificence you must visit these places in one go. It was built by Maharaja Balwant Singh of Banaras in the form of his ancestral home in the eighteenth century.
This fort is built in red sandstone. It is said that Maharishi Ved Vyas had spent some time here too. The Ramnagar Fort Museum has old cars, royal palace, swords and old guns, ivory carved objects and spectacular arsenals.
The Ashoka pillar also called the Lion pillar is in the Sarnath Museum itself. It is also the national symbol of India. It has written a message of Ashoka which gives a message of maintaining harmony in the Buddhist community. On this, there is a lotus in the shape of the bell, as well as symbols of lions, horses, elephants and bulls.
The Ashoka Chakra, which has twenty-four talismans, is also built on this pillar, which we can see in our Tricolor. Everything contained in this pillar is a symbol of various stages of Lord Buddha’s life. The bull symbolizes Buddha’s life in the form of a prince. The horse symbolizes the exaltation of his majesty from the majestic life, while the lion is a symbol of Buddhism’s achievement of Buddhism. These are also available for tourists from 4 am to 11 pm throughout the week.