We all know that India is a strong advocate of keeping their religious roots intact compared to other nations in the world. If you wish to really immerse yourself into knowing how India’s religions were crafted and conceptualized and still feel the importance of it today, then planning a trip the holy city of Varanasi should come naturally. Still thriving in its olden ways, the mighty preservation of how things were is certainly an asset that Varanasi has.
This little town will take you on a trip down memory lane, and looking back at the past is quite a serious concept to Varanasi locals. Expect ancient ruins, rundown temples, yellowing pavements and the absence of anything modern here, as you’ll be subjected to embrace a lifestyle that seems defunct to the modern world.
Specifically, Varanasi can be found lying on India’s topmost edge. Some of the known spots that surround Varanasi include the Ganges Valley, the iconic state of Uttar Pradesh on its eastern edge and the huge Ganges River. Varanasi is known to be elevated at 264.80 feet above sea level and is the appointed headquarters of the Varanasi District.
If measured by its proximity to other Indian supercities, Varanasi is 39 miles from Jaunpur, 200 miles from Lucknow, 495 miles from New Delhi and 75 miles from Allahabad.
According to the very reliable Koppen Climate Classification, Varanasi is categorized under the humid subtropical climate. This means that the city experiences a wide gap between its winter and summer seasons. The highest recorded temperature in Varanasi is an average annual mark of 48.0-degrees Celsius, with the months of April until June as the hottest of them all.
Temperatures are observed to drop when November kicks in, stretching until the month of March, with 0.3-degrees Celsius as the coldest record. Annually, accumulated precipitation is at 41.66 inches with average rainy days marked at 51.5.
You’d be delighted to know that Varanasi manages to connect itself to other Indian cities and provinces via all conventional modes of transportation such as road, rail and air.
Lying about 16 miles from Varanasi’s city center is the Lai Bahadur Shastri International Airport which just recently received its international airport status. The aforementioned aviation terminal connects Varanasi to flights going to Kathmandu, Sharjah, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyberabad.
When traveling through public transportation, you’d better know the ins and outs of the familiar Varanasi Cant Railway Station, or more popularly known as the Varanasi Junction. Certain trains with different routes run through this railway system, and the trains which can transport you to major cities around India are named the Udhna Varanasi Express, the Kashi Vishwanath Express, the Varuna Express, the Sabarmati Express and the Kanpur Varanasi InterCity.
What to See
Ramnagar Fort and Museum
Built as far back as the 17th century, the Ramnagar Fort and Museum is a great place to visit when you want a panoramic view of the whole city.
Rich in artifacts and mementos, this museum is now home to vintage American automobiles, chairs that are adorned with rare jewels, an intriguing astrological clock and an impressive weaponry collection on display.
Bharat Kala Bhavan
Situated within the walls of another famous landmark which is the Benares Hindu University, the Bharat Kala Bhavan is slowly gaining popularity through word of mouth and countless tales of surprise and applause. This museum is expansive in terms of the things that can be found inside, and people are commenting that the various pieces inside it are truly worth the visit.
Some of the things that visitors can drool over and explore include a wide collection of creative miniature paintings, palm-leaf manuscripts dating as far back as the 12th century, genuine sculptures and historical displays relaying local culture.
If you want to feel morbid and historic at the same time, then a trip to the Manikarnika Ghat will satisfy your craving for the weird and the quirky.
Mainly for ceremonies in cremation, the people of Varanasi highly regard this place, hence the almost-perfect preservation observed within this tourist spot. Here, the tour will be conducted by a priest, leading you to areas wherein old cremations were performed.
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