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Varanasi

Location
Varanasi TempleVaranasi is situated on the west bank of river Ganga which flows from the north Indian Uttar Pradesh state. Varanasi is located at a distance of 764kms from Delhi, 678kms from Kolkata.


General Overview
"Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". Mark Twain
Varanasi or Banaras is counted amongst the eternal cities in the world. Varanasi is the holy land which lies amidst Ganga and the Assi rivers. Varanasi is also known as Kashi, the city of light since one of the twelve 'Jyortinglinga's is installed here. Varanasi has been a great cultural centre, especially in the fields of music, learning and the craft of silk weaving.


Climate
Varanasi have an extreme kind of climate. Located on the banks of Ganga, Varanasi is quiet humid and is a difficult place to visit in summers. Summers in Varanasi are hot and at times the temperature shoots up to 46 degrees. The best season to visit Varanasi is from September to March.
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Fact File

Area 83.05 sq km
Languages Hindi, English
Altitude 80.71 metres above sea level
STD Code 0542
Best Timesh To Visit October-March



Places of Interests
St. Mary's Church - Constructed in the cantonment area of Varanasi, St Mary Church is amongst the few Christian pilgrimage spot on hindu land. St. Mary's Church has a low tower, spire and projecting poitico. Instead of windows tile, church has louvred doors to the sides and hooded ventilation slots beneath the cornice. It is a look tourist spot in Varanasi.

The Ghats of Varanasi - Varanasi is ancient pilgrimage city. The city is quiet famous for its bathing ghats. Thousands of tourists flock Varanasi everyday which is constructed beside the river Ganga.

Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, Varanasi The Kashi Vishwanath Temple / Gyanvapi Mosque - Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kashi Vishwanath Temple popularly known as the golden Temple due the Gold plating done on its 15.5 meter high spire. One tonne of gold donated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been used in the gold plating of the spire. The Kashi temple was destroyed in the various invasions and was reconstructed in 1776 by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore.

Bharat Kala Museum - Bharat Kala Museum is in the Kashi Hindu University which showcases the rich collection of precious and rare historical artifacts, statues, pictures, paintings and manuscripts. This small but very well maintained museum gives an over view of the ancient city of Varanasi. Entry in the museum is free but check out the timings.

Ram Nagar Durg - Just 2 km away from Kashi Hindu University. Ram Nagar Durg is situated in the ancenstral house and was constructed by the former rulers of Kashi. Ram Nagar Durg give an insight into the royal grandeur which once prevailed the fort. This temple has very delicate and intricate carving done on stone

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Connectivity
Air - The nearest airport is at Babatpur Airport which is 22 kms. from Sarnath. There is a direct, daily flight connection between Varanasi and New Delhi and also to Kathmandu. Varanasi is also linked by air to Agra, Erotic Khajuraho Temples, Kolkata, Bombay, Lucknow and Bhubaneshwar.Following chart shows the name of the airports and their offices along with the telephone number in Vanarasi.
Airport City Bus Service - Runs twice daily via Indian Airlines Office and Govt. of India Tourist Office.

Ghats at Varanasi Rail - Varanasi is the major rail head and the city is linked by trains with all metros and major cities across the country - New Delhi (760 Kms.), Bombay (1509 Kms.), Kolkata (735 Kms.), Madras (1970 Kms.) , Lucknow (286 Kms.).There are three railway station - Kashi, City and Varanasi Junction (also known as Varanasi Cantonment). There are not many trains running directly between here and Delhi or Kolkata but most Delhi to Kolkata trains do pass through Mughal Sarai, 18 km south of Varanasi. This is about 45 minutes by bus or shared auto-rickshaw.

Road - Varanasi is connected with Kolkata (677 Kms.), Delhi (765 Kms.), Madras (1901 Kms.), Bangalore (1763 Kms.) and to the rest of the country by good motorable, all-weather roads.


Accommodation
Hotel Clarks Clarks Tower Taj Ganges are few of the five star hotels in Varanasi. For budget travellers, there are many dharamshalas' and guest houses which provide considerable good accomodataion.

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