One of the holy cities for Hindus, Varanasi is a sight to behold.
It is an exhausting, liberating, and uninhibited experience; all at the same time. The colossal temples & ghats and the other widespread places to visit in Varanasi fascinate millions of tourists every year. Not only is it a popular destination for the Indians but foreigners love it too.
Although the city is recognized for its ghats, temples, and its regional music, there are countless other famous places in Varanasi that must be seen and experienced on your Varanasi trip. People come here to take bath in the holy river of Ganges (Ganga) to clean their soul from all bad impurities.
Let’s see some best places to visit in Varanasi aka Banaras.
1. Kashi Vishwanath/Golden Temple
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most important place to visit in Varanasi. The temple is one of the 12th Jyotirlingas, which are considered to be the holiest Shiva temples. The Linga (Shiv Ling) is the dominant deity here and the temple is beautifully surrounded by temples of other gods.
2. Manikarnika Ghat
Manikarnika ghat is the chief cremation ghat and is also recognised to be one of the primogenital ghat in Varanasi. It is also called by the name of Burning Ghat as the dead bodies are burnt here. According to Hindus mythology, Manikarnika Ghat is supposed to be the place where the ornament worn by Sati on her ear fell down when Lord Shiva was taking her to the Himalayas. It is a common belief here that those who are cremated here get Moksha.
3. Ahilyabai Ghat
Earlier known as Kevalgiri ghat, this place is famed for being the first one of its kind that got termed after the person, like in this instance, Queen Ahilyabai Holkar. You can visit this ghat at any time, the best hour is in the morning when you can see Hindu followers taking a dip in the ghat with a belief that it’ll purify their soul from sin and observe the beauty of the ghat at its best.
4. Harishchandra Ghat
This ghat is christened after the mythological charisma Raja Harishchandra, who once worked at this ghat. Now, this king is believed to be virtuous and truthful and gods were pleased with his humble nature and thus salvaged his lost kingdom and his dead son to him. Harishchandra Ghat is one of the two ghats used for cremation in Varanasi and it is reckoned that whoever is cremated here attains Moksha or Salvation.
5. Scindia Ghat
Scindia ghat, which is also acknowledged as Shinde ghat in Varanasi, is famous for the large number of places of worship here. The Shiva temple at the ghat is a chief attraction due to its fractional submergence in the water. According to Hindu mythology, this ghat is known as the place from where Agni (Fire) is instigated.
Sarnath has formerly been recognized as Mrigadava, “deer park,” and Isipatana, meaning the place where holy men fell on earth. The latter name is based on the legend that when the Buddha was born, devas came down to proclaim it to 500 holy men. The holy men all rose into the air and disappeared and their leftovers fell on the ground. The current name Sarnath is originated from Saranganath, means “Lord of the Deer”.