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Varanasi - Land of Moksha

Varanasi is your wildest imagination of spirituality coming true in front of your eyes. This is one of the oldest cities in the world, which is still inhabited. The spectacular town of Varanasi has a sacred soul of history and culture.

According to Mythology, this is the land created by Gods for themselves. From the tourism point of view, this is the land with more than a hundred temples and unique structures. If you are looking for exotic spiritual performances and activities, Varanasi is the right place to explore. Beyond temples and spiritual exploration, this city’s culture is one of the ancient styles and the most-colorful one.

Top Luxury Trains Covering Varanasi

Maharajas’ Express Train

Highlights of Varanasi in Luxury Train Tour

  • Holistic city tour.

  • Visit the ruins of Sarnath for a Buddhist pilgrimage trip.

  • Visit the traditional silk weaving center for sightseeing and shopping.

  • Lconic boat ride on River Ganges during sunset.

  • Watching the Ganga Aarti ceremony from the river.

  • Visit to a luxury hotel for traditional Varanasi cuisine.

  • Enjoying performance art of the region like Kathak dance performance.

Specialty of Varanasi

  • Architecture

    The city of Varanasi holds ancient Hindu temples and Islamic styled Mughal architecture. You can find many ancient architecture styles in this city like Nagara style, ancient Hindu style of architecture and so on. Top architectural beauties to visit are Kashi Vishwanath temple, Sankat Mochan temple, Ram Nagar Fort Sarnath and others.

  • Spiritual Heritage

    Varanasi is the historic land where Hinduism grew. This is also the main area chosen by Lord Buddha to give him the first sermon. This city has links with Jainism too. With the Mughal invasion, Varanasi has its spiritual spectrum holding Islamic heritage too. This is a secular land. The entire culture and lifestyle of the locals revolve around spirituality.

    Top spiritual destinations to visit are Sankat Mochan Temple, Dasashwamedh Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Anapurna Temple, Sarnath Ruins, Alamgir Mosque, Durga Temple, and others.

  • Ghats

    There are 88 ghats along the sides of River Ganges. These Ghats are stairs leading to the water. Each ghat has a unique feature and importance. Dashashwamedha Ghat was the first formed ghat according to Mythology. This is also the main site for the famous Ganga Aarti.

    Manikarnika Ghat is for cremation, Scindia Ghat is famous for being the birthplace of God of Fire, Maan Mandir Ghat is famous for Jantar Mantar, Lalita Ghat thrives in art forms with painters performing, and so on.

  • Cuisine

    Alcohol and meat are not allowed inside the city. Thus, the local cuisine of Varanasi is quite different from the other parts of Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi was populated with Marwari traders and pilgrims from other parts of the country. Thus, you can find vegetarian cuisines from West Bengal and other surrounding states added to this cuisine.

    Varanasi cuisine or Benaras cuisine is famous for delicacies made with ghee. Milk and ghee form the base for almost all the desserts of this region like kheer mohan, sankat mochan laddoo, parval mithai, and others.

    On the spicy side, the cuisine uses potato and garam masala mix in large quantities. Top dishes to try here are kachori sabzi, dahivada, Persian styled ice cream (nimish), baati chokha and others.

  • Festivals

    This is the land of Hinduism. Every religious festival is celebrated in a grand manner here. The city will be crowded beyond imagination during top festivals like Diwali, Holi, MahaShivratri, Makar Sankranti, Akshaya Tritiya, and others.

    Sarnath gets more visitors during Buddhism festivals. During festivals, you can find dance, music, stage shows, interesting rituals and other celebrations inside the temples.

  • Culture

    This is the land of Hinduism. Every religious festival is celebrated in a grand manner here. The city will be crowded beyond imagination during top festivals like Diwali, Holi, Maha Shivratri, Makar Sankranti, Akshaya Tritiya, and others.

    Sarnath gets more visitors during Buddhism festivals. During festivals, you can find dance, music, stage shows, interesting rituals and other celebrations inside the temples.

  • Shopping

    The markets of Varanasi are famous for religious souvenirs like brass statues, wooden articles, incense, sandalwood articles, copper articles, copper vase filled with holy water, rudraksha mala and others.

    However, the iconic souvenir of Varanasi is Benaras Silk. This is a traditional souvenir and an heirloom for most of the families in Varanasi. Benarassilk articles are handed over to the female heir of the family, generation after generation.

Climate of the Land

The climate of the land is generally warm and humid. This city is located on the plains of Ganges. Thus, torrential rainfall and humidity are an integral part of the city, especially during the monsoon season. Summers are very hot as the city lies in Tropic of Cancer. The winter climate is very pleasing and favorable for exploration. Summer starts in March and ends in June. Monsoon starts in July and ends in September. Winter starts in October and ends in February.