Explore the City of Lights, Varanasi

Varanasi, an ancient city in Uttar Pradesh, is known for its ghats and spirituality. It is 322 km from Lucknow. The city is famous for its silk works, embroideries, handicrafts, and sarees. The cascading waters of River Ganga allure pilgrims to come and bathe in the holy river for spiritual awakening. The ghats in Varanasi are a popular spot for performing funeral rites and festivals. The city hosts a myriad of phenomenal, vibrant festivals and celebrates them with great gusto. Some of the most popular festivals include Holi, Deepawali, Ganga Mahotsav, Makar Sankranti, Maha Shivratri, Chhath Puja, Hanuman Jayanti, and Buddha Mahotsav. 

According to historical facts, Varanasi was founded by Lord Shiva, which is why the city possesses several Hindu temples that commemorate the god. Pilgrims and travellers from all over the world visit Kashi (the older name of Varanasi) to bathe in the ghats and purify their souls and walk in the path of enlightenment. Apart from being holy, Varanasi is also quite popular in its production of silk fabrics, muslin, sculptures, perfumes, and other handicrafts. 

Varanasi has always been a venerated site for pilgrims and worshippers. The city is characterised by its ghats, temples, historical markets, and street food. Some of the highly frequented temples include Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Durga Kund Mandir, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir, and Maa Annapurna Mandir. The shopaholics can indulge in a shopping spree at the most charming and historical markets - Thatheri Bazar, Godowlia Market, Rajan Silk Market, Chowk and Urban Hatt, and Vishwanath Lane. If you want to get a taste of the native flavours, head out to the local street food shops and try out Varanasi delicacies like Kachori Sabzi, Baati Chokha, Chena Dahi Vada, Dahi Chutney Golgappe, Banarasi Thandai, and Banarasi Paan!

A boat ride at sunrise on River Ganges is one of the most significant activities that you must definitely embrace on your trip to Varanasi! The best way to experience the holy city is to embrace the phenomenal ride on the holy river. The river is believed to be spiritual that can wash your qualms away. It is where people come to bathe in its mystical waters to purify their souls and become calm.

Getting to Varanasi

Air:  The main airport is 24.4 km from our hotel in Varanasi, The Hideaway Bedzzz. Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport keeps Varanasi connected to major cities in India via regular, timely flights. 

Train:  If you are planning to travel by road, Varanasi offers several railway stations including  Manduadih, Varanasi Junction, Bhulanpur, Kashi, and Shiupur. Travellers get regular trains every day, connecting them to major cities.

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