As the sacred river
Ganga flows the snow-clad Himalayas into the vast plains, half way
between Delhi and Calcutta it curves into a gentle crescent and along
the crescent lies Varanasi. According to legend, it said to be the
first city to be created on the Earth ! Varanasi is the city which
enshrines the very essence of Hinduism.
known as Kashi and Banaras, this is the oldest living city in the
world. Home to some of the most ancient and revered monasteries in the
world, this is the place where scholars still come to to learn the
ancient knowledge of the Vedas and debate on the nature of God. This is
also the city where many Hindus come to die ! Hindus believe that by
being cremated at Mani-Karnika Ghat at Varanasi, they will immediately
attain liberation from the continuous cycle of birth and death.
from its religious significance, it is also the hub of many traditional
industries and is world famous for its silks - in particular, its silk
brocades. The town does a roaring trade with pilgrims and tourists
alike. Being the cultural centre of India, it is home to many musicians
and is the home town of Pundit Ravi Shankar, the world famous sitar
: 73.89 sq.km.
Altitude : 80.71 mts.
Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max. 46, Min. 32; Winter- Max. 15.5, Min.
Rainfall : 11.1 cm. (June to September).
Clothing's : Summer- Light cottons, Winter- Woolens.
Languages spoken : Hindi, Bengali, English.
Best Season : Throughout the year, but preferably October to March.
STD Code : 0542.
EP (European Plan) : Only Lodging.
AP (American Plan) : Including lodging & three full meals.
HOW TO REACH
: Indian Airlines connect Varanasi to Bhubaneshwar, Lucknow, Agra
& Delhi, where the above places are directly connected by
flights with Calcutta.
Fare: Calcutta-Bhubaneshwar-Varanasi Rs.4711 (J), Rs.3400 (Y).
Rail: Varanasi is connected by rail with all the major cities in India.
Fare (approx): Calcutta-Varanasi Rs.740 (AC-2A), Rs.550 (I), Rs.175
Road: Good bus service connects Varanasi with most of the important
places of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Some of the road distances are:-
Agra 610 km's, Allahabad 127 km's, Bodh Gaya 240 km's, Gorakhpur 215
km's, Khajuraho 406 km's, Kushinagar 260 km's, Lucknow 320 km's,
Lumbini 320 km's, Patna 270 km's Calcutta 681 km's, Bombay 1550 km's,
Delhi 710 km's etc.
& Itinerary Timings Fares Operator
1.River Trip Temples Summer: 0530 - 1145 hrs. Rs.75 U.P. State Road
Benares Hindu Winter: 0600 - 1215 hrs. Transport Corporation University
2.Sarnath Summer: 1430 - 1825 hrs. Rs.100 Ramnagar Fort Winter: 1400 -
1755 hrs. Starting Point: U.P.Tourism Development Corpn, Tourist
Bungalow, Parade Kothi. Joining Point : Government of India Tourist
Office, The Mall. (Tickets are sold in the bus only).
PLACES OF INTEREST
(Distances given are from Govt of India Tourist Office)
Front 5 km's, Alamgir Mosque 8 km's, Bharat Mata Temple 3 km's, Tulsi
Manas Temple 8 km's, Gyanvapi Mosque 5 km's, Vishwanath Temple (Golden
Temple) 5 km's, Vishwanath Temple (Benaras Hindu University) 12 km's,
Durga Temple 8 km's, Sarnath 10 km's, Archaeological Museum, Sarnath
(1000-1700 hrs. Friday Closed), Fort Museum, Ramnagar (0900-1200
& 1400-1700 hrs), Bharat Kala Bhavan Hindu University
(0800-1200 hrs. Summer & 0900-1630 hrs Winter). Closed on
Sundays & University holidays.
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