10 Best Places to Visit in Varanasi – Popular Tourist Attractions

Varanasi is a scared city for Hindus and many Indians. The most famous tourist attraction in Varanasi is Ganges River. Besides, there are many other meaningful tourist places in Varanasi could be listed in must-see destinations. We pick 10 best places to visit in Varanasi as follows.

1. Ganges River

Ganges River

It is the mother river of India and a holy place for Hindus. Indians believe Ganges River can cleanse away their sins. You can see flocks of locals and foreigners gathering here every day. It is recommended to walk along the river or rent a boat floating on the river at sunrise or dusk. People can watch the grand puja in the evening.

Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: All day
Transportation: take a walk or by boat
Time Reference: 2 hours

2. Sarnath

Sarnath

It is one of the most important Buddhist ruins and a holy place in India. Many architectures were damaged by Islamists and Today’s remaining ruins include Dhamekh Stupa, Chaukhandi Mound, Archaelongical Museum, etc. It is a worth-visiting tourist place in Varanasi.

Ticket Price: Rs200
Opening Time: All day
Transportation: By auto rickshaw or tutu
Time Reference: 3-4hours

3. Puja

Ganges Puja

The Ganges puja is an iconic activity of the Varanasi, attracting pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. Held every night at the River Altar, Dasawamadh Ghat is the largest sacrifice terrace. The priests, were appointed to the Brahma’s descendant. The young and handsome priests chant loudly, dressed in gorgeous silk clothes, and bring people into the divine atmosphere. It is one of the best tour activities in Varanasi.

Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: start from 18:30-19:00
Transportation: By tutu or take a walk
Time Reference: 3hours

4. Dasashwamedh Ghat

Dasashwamedh Ghat

The Dassaswame Ghat is one of the busiest river altars in Ganges River, which has a very sacred religious status in Varanasi and India. There are two groups of night sacrifice activities, with seven priests on the upstream and five priests downstream.

Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: All day
Transportation: By tutu or take a walk
Time Reference: 1-3hours

5. Manikarnika Ghat

Manikarnika Ghat

It is one of the holiest river altars in the Ganges, the most famous river burial site, and the ultimate destination for pilgrims. People are not allowed to take pictures.

Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: All day
Transportation: By tutu or take a walk
Time Reference: 1hour

6. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

It is one of the holiest Hindu temples in India. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god of Shiva.

Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: Non-Hinduism cannot visit and it is closed during religious ceremonies.
Transportation: By tutu or take a walk
Time Reference: 1hour

7. Banaras Hindu University

Banaras Hindu University

At the beginning of the 20th century, Indian national consciousness awaked. And in 1905, Indian National Assembly proposal was adopted to raise funds for the study of the traditional culture of India. People, rich or poor alike, have equal access to education. It is a meaning tourist place in Varanasi.

Ticket Price: Free
Transportation: By bus or tutu
Time Reference: 2hours

8. Durga Mandir

Durga Mandir

The temple wall is red and is dedicated to the goddess Durga. There are often monkeys around the temple, so it is also known as the Monkey Temple.

Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: 5:00-20:00
Transportation: By tut or take a walk
Time Reference: 1hour

9. Assi Ghat

Assi Ghat

It is a famous religious place where believers pay homage to Lord Shiva. People can appreciate the beautiful arti in the evening.

Ticket Price: Free
Opening Time: All day
Transportation: By tutu,cabs or take a walk

10. Sarnath Archaeological Museum

Sarnath Archaeological Museum

Built in 1910, this museum collects cultural relics of Sarnath, including many treasures of Indian Buddhist art. This area has also unearthed many different times of the stone statues. It is also a popular attraction in Varanasi.

Ticket Price: Rs5; free for children under 15 years old
Opening Time: 9:00-17:00 (closed on Friday)
Transportation: By train or tutu

Time Reference: 1-2 hours


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