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48 hours in Varanasi

48 hours in Varanasi

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Itinerary

Day 1

Breakfast at Kachauri Gali


Dotted with weathered, blackened cauldrons bubbling with hot oil, Varanasi Kachauri Gali is one of the city main landmarks near the ghats.

Visit Prayag Ghat


Overflowing with devotees that come to offer their prayers day and night, the Prayag Ghat is another significant ghat in Varanasi. Located on the immediate left of the Dashashwamedh Ghat, it was built by Balaji Bajirao in 1778 and is a replica of the Prayag holy city in Allahabad.

Watch the rituals at Manikarnika Ghat

One of the most unique aspects of the city of Varanasi is that the cremation grounds at Manikarnika Ghat are located in the city itself and in the vicinity of some of Varanasis most sacred temples.

Head to Assi Ghat


Situated at the confluence of Ganga and Asi rivers, Assi Ghat is the southernmost Ghat in Varanasi, where pilgrims bathe before paying their homage to Lord Shiva in the form of a huge lingam situated under a peepal tree.

Catch evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat

One of the oldest and most important ghats, the Dashashwamedh Ghat is also Varanasis liveliest. Two Hindu mythologies surround the ghat, one being that Lord Brahma created it to welcome Lord Shiva and another where he sacrificed ten horses during the yajna performed here. Around dusk the Dashashwamedh Ghat comes to life with the evening Ganga Aarti.

Day 2

Breakfast at Phulwari


A gang of playful monkeys keeps you company till the food arrives at Phulwari. Situated in the backdrop of an ancient kaali temple with massive graffiti on the main wall, Phulwari is as much a visual delight as a culinary one. The pizzas and yoghurt muesli are especially delicious.

Head to the Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple


Not far away from the Ganga is one of the oldest temples in Hinduism, Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Deriving its name from the city Kashi, the temple was built in 1780 by the Late Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore and is one of

Explore the Ramnagar fort and museum


A repository of the history of the kings of Varanasi, the Ramnagar fort and museum is located opposite Varanasi’s Tulsi Ghat. This crumbling 17th century fort and palace on the eastern banks of the Ganga is a beautiful place to watch the sunset over the river. Built with red sandstone by the Maharaja of Banaras, the fort houses a temple and a museum within its compound.

Sarnath


The Buddhist pilgrimage, Sarnath lies 10 km from Varanasi, and is yet another attraction that appeals to people from all around the world. This is the place where Gautum Buddha first gave his sermons on Dharma. The main deer park complex and a number of other Buddhist temples can be seen here. The Mulgandha Kuti Vihar temple, the Archaeological Museum, the Dhamek Stupa, the Chaukhandi Stupa and ruins of monasteries are the key highlights here.

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