Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities, Varanasi city is also one the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India.
Varanasi is the oldest city of the world. Varanasi is more than 3000 years old and is famous for Temples, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Banarasi Sari, Baranasi Paan, Silk and long area of Ganga Ghats (river front).
Temples Among the estimated 23,000 temples in Varanasi, the temples most popular for worship are the Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Shiva, Sarnath Temple of Gautam Bhudh, Durga Temple and Birla Temple (New Vishwanath Temple).
Ghats The Ghats in Varanasi are world-renowned embankments made in steps of stone slabs along the river bank where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions. The ghats are an integral complement to the Hindu concept of divinity represented in physical, metaphysical, and supernatural elements. Varanasi has at least 84 ghats, most of which are used for bathing by pilgrims and spiritually significant Hindu puja ceremony, while a few are used exclusively as Hindu cremation sites. Steps in the ghats lead to the banks of Ganges, including the Dashashwamedh Ghat, the Manikarnika Ghat, the Panchganga Ghat, and the Harishchandra Ghat, where Hindus cremate their dead.
Ganga Arti Ganga Aarti Varanasi will be performed similarly to Haridwar and Rishikesh. This Aarti will be performed by the young priests who are pursuing their Vedas and Upanishads. This group will be lead by Head Priest from Gangotri Seva Samiti. Devotees gather around the dais to watch this holy event. Aarti will be offered to the River Ganga amid chanting Mantras. Young priests will make the sounds using Conch shells. 7 priests will be offering Aarti to the Holy River Ganga by standing on the specially decorated dais. The whole process will be performend in rhythm with a unique dress code. Ganga Aarti will be performed with a 7 layered camphor lighting. There is no ticket for watching this holy event. It is free and is open for all devotees. Hundreds of devotees gather for this Aarti and disperse after the event. Aarti duration : 45 mins approx. and begining time 7:00 pm. locate at Dashashwamedh Ghat.
Route to Varanasi The city of Varanasi is well connected by Road, Rail and Air with all the important places of India. Regular flights are there from Varanasi to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Khajuraho and Lucknow. The Banaras Hindu University campus is only 10 Km from Varanasi Cant and 20Km from Mughalsarai Railway Station and 35 Km from the Airport.