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A Rendezvous With Varanasi
Ritco ToursVaranasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world and a major Hindu pilgrimage center. Also known as Benaras, Varanasi stands on the northern banks of river Ganga and is situated in the north-Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is also known as a center of music, art, crafts and education since ages. Believed by Hindus as an eternal city, Varanasi's famous history dates back to about 3500 years. Held in high reverence by Hindus, thousands of pilgrims throng the holy city of Varanasi all throughout the year, which is dotted with many beautiful and soulful temples. A place where you can experience peace and harmony.


Things You Can Do in Varanasi
» Sightseeing : The chief attractions of this holy pilgrimage center are Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Bharat Kala Bhawan and the sacred bathing ghats of the place.

» Shopping : Go for silk sarees, which are the specialty of Varanasi, known as the Benarasi Sarees. brass ware, copper ware, ivory ware, glass bangles, wood and clay toys and exquisite gold jewelry are some of the other crafts you can purchase from here. Bhadohi carpets and musical instruments are among the other things which you can look for. Main Shopping Centres in Varanasi are : The Chowk, Vishwanath Gali, Gyanvapi, Thatheri Bazar, Lahurabir, Godoulia, Dashaswamedh and Golghar, etc.

» Eating Out : Varanasi is famous for its mango fruit - Langda Aam (Summers) and delicious sweets. But you should not miss the delicious Langa Aams if visiting in the summers.


Sightseeing in Varanasi
» The Benaras Ghats : The ghats of Benaras are held as sacred by Hindus. In fact, all the ghats have a history attached to them. Some of the Varanasi ghats also find mention in our ancient scriptures. The best known ghat of Varanasi-Dashashwamedha ghat is regarded as the most sacred of all ghats. The ghats of Varanasi stretch up to 4 kms. The Ghats of Varanasi are best viewed at dawn, as a steady stream of devotees perform various kinds of rituals.

» Durga Temple : The Durga temple of Varanasi is also held in high reverence by devotees. Here Durga is worshiped as the embodiment of shakti or female power, clad in a red Saree and riding a tiger. Armed with a trident, discus and sword, the deity is shown in an angry posture. The earlier ritual of animal sacrifice has now been replaced by a symbolic mark in vermilion.

» The Kashi Vishwanath Temple : Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kashi Vishwanath temple is also known as the Golden Temple. More than the ghats and even the Ganga, the Shivalinga installed in the temple remains the devotional focus of Varanasi.

» Bharat Kala Bhawan : Established in the year 1950, Bharat Kala Bhawan is famous for its impressive collection of miniature paintings. There are Rajasthani paintings, pahari painting, Nepalese & Tibetan Thankas, company paintings and also paintings of many contemporary artists. Many ancient scriptures are also in the possession of the museum. Varanasi is visited by pilgrims in large numbers from both India and abroad.


Excursions from Varanasi
Ritco ToursVaranasi extends its divine glory and charm to the nearby cities of Sarnath, Chunar, Jaunpur, Kaushambi and Vindhaychal. Sarnath is 10 km from Varanasi and is most famous for being the chosen spot where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment. Thus it is an important pilgrimage place for the Buddhists. Sarnath also boasts of a number of antiques ranging from the Ashoka period to the 12th century. Chunar is 40 km from Varanasi, where the Churnar fort is a delight to look upon and the Kaimur Hills provide fantastic views of meandering Ganga River. 65 km from Varanasi, Jaunpur was built in 1360 by Feroz Shah to guard the eastern side of Delhi sultanate.


Most Ideal Time to Visit Varanasi
Located in the north of India, Varanasi experiences extreme type of climate. Summers are very hot and the temperature can shoot up to 46 degrees while Winters are chilly but pleasant. The place also receives good rainfall during the monsoon. But irrespective of the weather devotees throng the holy pilgrimage centre throughout the year. The most perfect time to visit Varanasi is during the month of October to April.


Getting There
» By Air : Varanasi is well connected by air to several cities in India. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Air Sahara connect Varanasi to many cities in the country. The Varanasi airport is at Babatpur, 23 km from Cantt. and about 30 km from the Ghats. Taxis are available at the airport for transfer to the city.

» By Trains : Varanasi has two railway station-Kashi and Varanasi Junction. It is the focal point for both northern and northeastern railways and is connected to all the major cities and towns in India. Varanasi is connected to New Delhi by Kashi Vishwanath Express (18 hrs journey).

» By Road : Varanasi is situated at the junction of three national highways - NH2 from Kolkata to Delhi, NH 7 to Kanyakumari and NH 29 to Gorakhpur. Some important distances are Allahabad (125 km), Lucknow (320 km), Patna (210 km), Bodhgaya (234 km), Khajuraho (406 km), Lumbini in Nepal (396 km). Buses operate regularly between Varanasi and national capital of Delhi. The well defined road network makes the transport from other major towns of Uttar Pradesh very easy. UPSRTC and MPSRTC connect Varanasi to important nearby centers.

» Private Vehicles : You can contact us for this, as we are well established with an extensive number of cars and coaches (ranging from luxury to budget and between) for the tourists from all over.


Anchoring in Varanasi
The Ancient city of Varanasi is an important Hindu pilgrimage, very sacred and holy. The city has its own charm, the early morning 'Puja' and the 'Aarti', lightens up the atmosphere. The temple bells and the flowing river Ganga, all add to the beauty of Varanasi. Many western tourists arrive to discover the secrets of ultimate nirvana at Varanasi. One can also perform religious ceremonies on the Ghats of Varanasi.

If you want to go around the city it is better to fix the fare in the rickshaw and auto rickshaw beforehand. However, to avoid any hassle book with us and travel comfortably, as we have a good number of cars and coaches that provide personalized services.


Accommodations
Varanasi offers a wide spectrum of accommodation facilities for the tourists. There are hotels in all categories-budget, mid-range and top-end. It is worth mentionable that Dharamshala are also available here for staying.






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