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Where to Stay

Hotel Taj Ganges, Nadesar Palace Grounds, Cantt. Ph : (0542)2345100-118, Fax : (0542)2348067

Hotel Varanasi Ashok ( ITDC) , The Mall, Cantt. Ph : (0542)2346020 - 30 Fax : (0542)2348089

Hotel Clarks Varanasi, The Mall, Cantt. Ph : (0542)2348501-10 , Fax : (0542)2348186

Hotel Hindustan International, C-12/3, Maldahia. Ph : (0542)2351484-90, Fax : (0542)352374

Hotel De Paris, The Mall, Cantt. Ph : (0542)2346601-8

Hotel Diamond, Bhelupur. Ph : (0542)2310696 - 700

Hotel ideal Tops, The Mall. Ph : (0542)2348091 - 92

Hotel Pallavi International, Hathwa Market, Chetganj. Ph : (0542)2356939 - 43, Fax : 2322943

Hotel Ganges View, Assi Ghat. Ph : (0542)2313218

Hotel India, 59 Patel Nagar, Cantt. Ph : (0542)2342912, Fax : (0542)234832

Hotel Malti, V.M Road Ph: (0542)2351395

Radiant YMCA Tourist Hostel, 28 A, Sampoornanand Nagar, Mahmoorganj Sigra road. Ph : (0542)2363928, Fax : (0542)2320676,

UP Tourism Accommodation

Tourist Bungalow, Parade Kothi, Opp. Cantt Railway Station. Ph : (0542)2208545,2208413. Fax: (0542) 2206638



Varanasi

The city is sacred to Hindus and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In many ways Varanasi epitomizes the very best and worst aspects of India, and it can be a little overwhelming. However, the scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganges at sunrise set against the back drop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world. Definitely a must see on any trip to north India.

How to go


Air :- Varanasi Airport ( IATA : VNS ) is about 25km from the city center. Indian Airlines , Air Sahara , Jet Airways , Kingfisher and Spice Jet all have daily flights to Delhi and there are daily flights to Mumbai on Air Sahara and Indian Airlines.

Allow plenty of time to get to the airport, it can take an hour or more depending on traffic. A taxi should run around Rs 200-250 or about Rs 125 in an auto-rickshaw, but most drivers will want to charge double since they will likely be coming back empty. If it suits your schedule there is a daily bus at 10:00am that leaves from Hotel India and costs Rs 50.

Train :- Varanasi and Mughal Sarai (one of the main railway stations of Varanasi) are the important rail junctions, with train connections to all major cities of India. Some important trains are : Rajdhani Exp ( Hawrah - Mughal Sarai - New Delhi); Toofan Exp ( Howrah - Mughal Sarai - Delhi); North East Superfast Exp ( Delhi - Mughal Sarai Guwahati) ; Magadh Exp ( Delhi - Mughal Sarai Patna) ; Mahanagari Exp ( Varanasi - Mumbai ) ; Pawan Exp ( Varanasi - Mumbai ) ; Sabarmati Exp ( Varanasi - Ahmedabad) ; Ganga Kaveri Exp ( Varanasi - Chennai) ; Poorwa Exp ( Howrah - Varanasi - Delhi) Himgiri Exp ( Jammu - Varanasi - Howrah ) ; Sealdah Exp ( Varanasi - Jammu Tawi).

Road :- Varanasi, on NH 2 from Calcutta to Delhi, NHZ to Kanya Kumari and NH 29 to Gorakhpur is well connected to the rest of the country by good motorable roads. some of the major road distances are : Agra - 565 km, Allahabad - 128 km, Bhopal - 791 km, Bodhgaya - 240 km, Kanpur - 330 km, Khajuraho - 405 km, Lucknow - 286, Patna - 246 km, Sarnath - 10 Km.

Things to See


River Front (Ghats)
Asi Ghat to Kedara Ghat
Chauki Ghat to Chaumsathi Ghat
Dashashwamedha Ghat
Man Mandir Ghat to Lalita Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat
Scindia Ghat
Panchganga Ghat to Adi Keshva Ghat
Vishwanatha Khanda
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Alamagir Mosque - overlooking Panchganga Ghat, it's a great place for a ---bird's eye view of the area.
Tulsi Manas Temple
Durga Temple
Banaras Hindu University - a very green and
Rana Ghat
Kedar Ghat - brightly painted in stripes and busy with bathers, very ---------photogenic
Harishchandra Ghat - cremation place.
Hanuman Ghat
Shivala Ghat
Tulsi Ghat - site of the large water purification plant
Assi Ghat - a popular

Around Varanasi


Sarnath

Chunar 40 Km. Chunar has an immense fort overlooking the Ganga. This place has been the scene of battles since 1540, when Sher Shah took it from Humayun. Akbar recaptured it in 1575. In the mid - 18th century it was appro priated by Awadh and subsequently, the British. The fort has a sun - dial and a huge well, and affords a splendid view of the Ganga.

Cha ndraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary 70 km from Varanasi are the forests of Chandraprabha, within which are the Rajdari and Deodari Waterfalls. A beautiful secluded spot for a picnic.

 Vindhyachal 75 km. The famous temple of Vindhyavasini Devi, Ashtabhuja Devi and Kalikhoh are the major attractions.

Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary 130 km. Spread over an area of 500 sq. km, the sanctuary has a variety of wildlife. The Mukha waterfall is a tourist attraction. Other excursions include Jaunpur ( 58 km, See Index), Allahabad (128 km, see Index) and the Vindham and Chachai falls.

Festivals

GANGA MAHOTSAV AT VARANASI

Varanasi or Kashi, i.e. the City of Spiritual Light is considered to be one of the oldest living cities in the world.

The glorious traditions and mythological legacy of this shining city are virtually unrivalled.

Varanasi is a multifaceted city, that is why it offers a breathtaking experience to every visitor. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the mother Ganga….the high banks, the temples and shrines…soul steering hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air … the refreshing dip in the holy water gently splashing at the magnificent ‘Ghats' …and a rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts & education… truly this is the city where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. 

This city is also reputed for its schools of dance & music, arts, silk and carpet industries and handicrafts.

A row of ghats, temples and the revered neighbourhood of Sarnath have added manifold glory to this city.

Keeping in view the importance of Varanasi, the Department of Tourism, Uttar Pradesh organises Ganga Mahotsav here every year.

Ganga Mahotsav

Ganga mahotsav…..a festival only once of its kind, certainly doubles the attraction of this city of temples, Ghats and traditions. 
As classical music fills the atmosphere, a mystique seems to envelop the environs awating a mood both celestial and soulful. The classical music rendered by maestros indeed imparts an unforgettable flavour.

The attraction of the five-day-long Ganga Mahotsav is its message of faith and culture, that increase with the daily Shilp Mela and the unique Dev Deepawali with innumerable ‘Diyas' or earthen lamps in chain, lit by devotees and which floating down the river on the full moon night of Kartik, a spectacle both mystical and heart winning.

festive magic never comes to an end in Varanasi!

Festival All Round, Excitement All Round

Paush Poornima

Makar Sankranti

Mauni Amavasya

Magh Poornima

Ganga Water Rally

Dhrupad Mela

Mahashivaratri

Navratra (Chaitra)

Ram Navami

Sankat Mochan Music Festival

Buddha Poornima

Ganga Dussehra

Ramlila, Ramnagar

Dhanush Yagya

Ram Vivah

Nakkataiya

Pitra Visarjan

Navaratra(Ashwin)

Vijaya Dashmi / Dussehra

 

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Where to Eat

Mandarin Restaurant, Lahurabir.

Shahi Restaurant, near Rathyatra Crossing.

Yelchico Bar & Restaurant, Godaulia.

Amrapali, D-58/9 Varanasi. Ph : (0542)2354161

Ashiyana Restaurant, Varuna Bridge, Clark Road. Ph : (0542)2343264

Hilarious Restaurant, 20/51, Clark Road, Varuna Bridge. Ph : (0542)2348670

Temple Restaurant/Gangotri Restaurant, Dashashwamedha Road. Ph : (0542)2321097

Haveli Restaurant, The Mall, Cantt. Ph : (0542)2348250-53

Tourist Information

UP Government Tourist Office, Parade Kothi, Cantt. Ph: (0542) 2206638, 2208162

UP Government Tourist Information Counter, Cantt. Railway Station, Varanasi, Near Enquiry Office, Main Hall. Ph : 2346370

Government of India Tourist Office, 15 B The Mall, Cantt, Varanasi. Ph : 2343744

Government of India Tourist Information Counter, Babatpur Airport.

Bihar State Tourist Office, Englishiya Market, Sher Shah Suri Marg, Cantt. Ph : 2343821

 
 
 
 

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