Varanasi is the Holy City of the Hindus. It is one of the oldest city in the world.There are 2 main ghats along the banks of the Ganges - Manikarnika Ghat & Assi Ghat.
The main Ghat is at Dashashwamedh Ghat. This is where the main ceremonies, activities, public prayers & pujas, river bathing is done most of the time. You will see a lot of beggars here. Priest, guides and thugs near/ at all the temples expect you to give them "a set rate of donations" for all their service, but you must insist to give whatever you can afford. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most important temple in Varanasi.The vegetarian cuisine along side the street and briyani at Dolphine Rooftop Restaurant is delicious.Their Lasi is yummy too.
Just be prepared when you visit the Ghats. The burning of the corpse was really shocking but it's a different experience for me.
Careful about the local persuading you to visit their shops.
A lovely city with enormous historical interest, but the streets were filthy and could do with a major clean up.
This is one of the oldest cities in the world and home to the famous Kashinath temple and Sarnath. It should rank among the 100 places to see before you die.
An Ancient City over 4000 Years Old by the side of Sacred River Ganges.It has long Hindu Tradition and has lots of Temples build more than 4000 years ago.
One can enjoy Traditional River Ganaga Aarti and boating in the evening as also See One of he Best works on Silk & Carpets by local aritisan.
Is a very spiritual city, Vishwanath temple is a must to see and the Ganges, you can shop and go also to the other temples.
From Varanasi you can go by car to Triveni Sangam, this is very beautiful
Varanasi is a very complex city. Accepting what is, is what it is, is important. From the burning yards, to floating your dreams and memories down the Ma Ganges at Aarti.
To seeing floating dead bodies and bloated dead cows going down the Ganges, cows and crowded lane ways to the most generous beautiful people is all Varanasi. I fell in love.
The culture here smacks you in the face. Walk the length of the ghats for full affect. Restaurants very hard to find.
Be advised no meat or alcohol is available anywhere near the river.
A very poor city with many desperate people and many touts. Only for the brave and very strong willed.
Varanasi, or Benares, is a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus, as the Ganges runs through it, and is considered a sacred place.
The ghats, stairways that lead to the river from the buildings above are very colorful, with clean, multi-colored laundry drying on the steps. The cremation ghats are very sacred and tourists must not take photos near these ghats. A very interesting place to visit. The crowded town, between the river and the main road(s) is difficult to navigate, tiny alleyway streets winding around full of people and motor cycles...too small for cars or rickshaws. Don't go to Varanasi without visiting the sacred Buddhist site of Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first teaching regarding the middle path to his followers. Sarnath is quieter and friendlier than Varanasi.
Varanasi is known for its religious significance. One should go for a boat ride at ganges, Kashi Vishwanath Temple as well as a visit to Sarnath.
Considering the quantum of tourist inflows though, the city has definitely under invested on infrastructure.
I was in India for almost a month, and Varanassi was definately the highlight of my tour. It was peaceful and I learnt so much about the history and traditions of the place.
I loved to walk along the ghats every day and through the markets. Just being involved in the daily life in India was inspiring and amazing . I would love to go back one day, and spend a lot longer there. I stayed just 4 nights and left completely relaxed.
Religious and historical place, wonderful sandhya aarati at the ghat, visiting various ghats through boat, lots of good food to eat including traditional sweets like rabri & perra.
Varanasi est une ville qui fait partie de la culture indienne (hindouiste). Si le côté religieux vous intéresse, et vous voulez comprendre davantage pourquoi et comment les hindous vivent leur religion, cette ville est à voir.
Les crémations, le Gange, les cérémonies religieuse, la méditation, voilà ce que vous offre Varanasi. Pour ce qui est des autres sites à visiter, ils sont tant quant à moi sans grands intérêts... La pauvreté est au rendez-vous, soyez prêt à être davantage sollicité.
sooo amazing the Ganges and watching the local people bathe in the holy water....very moving u could see they r completley believing that these waters are very spiritual, healing and miraculous.
..but please beware of Gurus that get you in spiritually and then expect BIG MONEY off you ?? its a business !! unfortunately !!such a shame in such a spiritual place to feel totally conned... !!
Amazing sights along the Ganges of Ghatts and river. Varanasi is the dirtiest city we have been to so far in India.
Not as much touts hassle as we were expecting.
Just because of ganges river and like to see around, not really clear city, but very dirty and crowded with people.
Check out the fort. Also do a tour of Benaras Hindu University (BHU) . Early morning (about 4 AM to 7 AM) is very different from the rest of the day.
Not a place to waste time doing nightlife... save that for other places...
Varanasi is religious city for hindus. It is also one of the oldest living city and it is really very lively city.
Ghats looks very old and there are many narrow alleys passing parrellel to ganges. We must follow map or take guide otherwise you will must lost the way. To know this city you must take guide as they give lot of information about the oldest city.
Varanasi is the most ancient and holy city of India. Here the main attractions are Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Various Ghats specially Dashashwamav Ghat with Ganga Aarti, Bharat Hindu University, Sarnath etc.
The city is very congested hence it is advisable to take Autorickshaw for sightseeing.
Varanasi is an excellent place to realize the existence of ancient civilizations. The many temples and monuments such as Kashi Vishwanath Temple, New Vishwanath Temple, Ganges River, Kashi Visalatchi temple, Annapoorna Temple and ancient Buddhist Monastries and temples in Sarnath decorates the city with holiness and divinely feel.
With such great attractions, many foreigners are attracted to the city. For best pilgrimage and sightseeing experience, pre-book the necessary requirements with the hotel to avoid getting over-charged by auto drivers.
Sarnat is a nice place to spend a morning or afternoon without the confusion of the streets of Varanasi.
Crazy but loveable, and one of the most "Indian" cities. A place to experience traditions and ways of life that are vanishing fast elsewhere
The most ancient city with attractions like Viswanath Temple, Ganga Ghats, Sankat Mochan Temple, Ramnagar, Sarnath etc.
Varanasi is not meant for everybody. Many will find it very dirty. But if you are travelling already a long time in India, than it is normal.
Otherwise Varanasi is a great place to visit, again and again. It is always a graet experience and you can discover each time many more and new things.
Beautiful city with a lot of history and culture. Its famous for the Ghats along the river Ganga that flows through the city.
Almost each of the ghats has some history behind it. The city also has a large number of temples and other religious and other cultural places to visit. A must try is the local sweet called "Rasvanti"
There are many people in Varanasi, locals and tourists. If left the river side, it's quite easy to get lost in the alleys.
For asking direction, there are many police or guards in the main streets, they are very friendly. Also, you can ask the shop owners. Most of them can speak English or they will find someone who knows English to translate. They are very friendly, too.
the dirtiest and most unfriendly place in India. Ghats are beautiful particularly from a boat. Major change of food born illness here, city is shocked by smog and ubiquitous burning trash.
it is certainly "an experience"
Varanasi is a spiritual place more than anything else.It is a Hindu pilgrimage city, and as such it is the highlight of the stay in Varanasi.
The city itself obviously needs a lot of upgrade in terms of solid waste management and other related infrastructure.If one is willing to look beyond this, then the stay in Varanasi will be quite pleasant.
Varanasi is a place you will either love or hate, it has very narrow streets and alleyways and is very crowded.
Not a place for the feint hearted. lots to see and do at anytime of day or night and very good food.