India has attracted spiritual seekers since the immemorial time and Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the whole world which is situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and is dripping in history and spirituality. | Explore Varanasi: The Best City with Culture and Spirituality in India |
It is one of the seven Hindu and Lanist holy cities also famous as Sapta Puri in India. It is also believed that Buddhism was founded in Varanasi. The best months to visit Varanasi is between October to March. Places near Varanasi are a perfect amalgamation of hill stations, trekking spots, and wildlife sanctuaries. There are lots of things to do in Varanasi but the best way to understand this city is simply to walk along the holy ghats and also take time to explore the atmospheric, chaotic, winding lanes of the old city to soak up this unique city.
Hindus visit Varanasi to go to pray, wash away their sins and honor their dead on the banks of the Ganges. The Ganges is a bath, dishwasher, swimming pool and a vessel for commerce for the people who live there. Varanasi is a sight to behold and it has always been the exhausting, liberating and uninhibited experience.
The colossal temples and ghats and the other popular places to visit in Varanasi attracts millions of travelers and tourists year after year. Abbi Ghar located towards the south-side of Varanasi is a must visit the place where most of the pilgrims pay homage to Lord Shiva by worshipping a huge lingam situated under a peepal tree. The best time to visit the ghats during the day is sunrise but holy rituals are performed throughout the day on the ghats, in the river and in the many temples and small shrines along the ghats.
Vindhyachak is another famous Hindu pilgrimage spot located closer to Varanasi and has a lot of temples in the vicinity with their own interesting and ancient stories. Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main ghat in Varanasi on the river Ganges which is known for its spiritual transcendence. Manikarnika Ghat is the prime cremation Ghat in Varanasi. Another must visit place in Varanasi is Kashi Vishwanath Temple which is the one and only Jyotirlinga in Uttar Pradesh and it is dedicated to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas which is referred to as holy scriptures.