Varanasi, also known as Banaras or Kashi is a holy city located in the southeastern part of Uttar Pradesh state. This holy city is also considered to be the spiritual capital of India and draws tourists from every part of the country to take a dip into the sacred Ganga river.
If you wish to get a deeper insight into Hindu mythology, beliefs, and customs, you must plan a trip to Varanasi. This blog is meant for visitors who are visiting Varansai on a time crunch and want to explore the most sacred places of this beautiful holy city in just two days. This list of the below-mentioned places will help you to make the most of Varansai in just 48 hours.
Best Places to visit in Varanasi
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Kashi Viswanath Temple is a must-visit Hindu temple on your trip to Varanasi, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Millions of Hindus have strong faith and belief in this renowned temple and it is among the 12 jyotirlingas.
There are two Kashi Viswanath temples in Varanasi. The old Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located near the Dashashwamedha ghat which is a popular pilgrimage site and the other one is located inside BHU (Banaras Hindu University). You should definitely visit both of these temples.
Ramnagar fort is located on the outskirts of the city, approximately 18-20 Kilometers far from the main Varanasi city. This fort was built by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh in the 1750s.
The Mughal-styled Ramnagar fort is surrounded by two temples of Ved Vyas and Vishnu and houses a museum that exhibits an armory of swords, old guns, canons, ivory work, palkis, antique clocks, and a royal collection of vintage cars. This magnificent fort looks over the Tulsi ghat and it’s a must-visit place to spend a peaceful evening in Varanasi.
Varanasi city is full of ghats and temples. But if you want to visit just one ghat on your trip to Varanasi, Dashashwamedha ghat should be your only choice. The very famous Ganga Aarti is performed daily at 7 PM here which should not be missed by any means.
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Assi Ghat is another popular Varanasi Ghat where people gather for recreational as well as sacred purposes. This ghat witnessed talent shows every evening and visitors can also take a boat ride to see the other side of the ghat.
While you’re at Assi ghat, we advise you to chit-chat with a local priest to know about the myths and legends attached to the formation of the ghat. Also, try the local food in any of the cafes or restaurants out there.
Do you know that some of the well-known musicians, artists, and poets are born in Varanasi and this is why this holy city is also known as a music city? A popular 15th-century saint, Kabir Das was born in Varanasi. It is believed that Saint Kabir Das was found floating on a lotus flower in the Lahtara pond located in Varanasi. Today, his relics are kept near the very same pond and that place is turned into a temple cum mansion.
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Sarnath is another popular place to visit on your short trip to Varanasi. Located approx 10 Kms far from Varanasi city, this religiously-significant place is also known as Mrigadeva, Migadaya, Isipatana, and Rishipattana. This is the place where Gautam Buddha first began to teach Dharma and the Buddhist Sanga came into being. That;’s why it is a must-visit place for a dutiful Gautam Buddha follower. An archeological museum, the Buddha statue, the Ashoka pillar, and stupas are the key attractions.
Shop the famous Banarasi Silk Clothing
This holy city is also well-known for Banarasi Silk weave. A myriad variety of Banarasi Silk items can be found in various shops across the city. But as it is your short trip to Varanasi and already you are running short of time, we advise you to head towards Godowila market where you can buy beautiful Banarasi dupattas, fabric in different prints, Banarasi saree, and more items in different vibrant colors and in any budget.
Recommended: Celebrate Dev Deepawali in Varanasi
If planning a trip to Varanasi near to Diwali festive season, we strongly advise you to celebrate Dev Deepawali here. This holy city looks simply amazing on Dev Deepawali.
How to reach Varanasi?
Different modes of transportation are available to reach Varanasi. Visitors can either take a flight, train, or bus. They can also take a taxi or travel by their own car depending on the distance from where they are traveling to.
Where to stay in Varanasi?
Staying in a hotel/guest house near Varanasi Ghats gives easy access to see all the sightseeing places of this holy city. Staying near Dashashwamedha ghat is a good choice as it is the location of the glorious Ganga Aarti and popular shopping market, cafes and restaurants are also easily accessible.
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