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Religion is like oxygen to Indians. Travelling to these pilgrimagedestinations in India is like seeing India inside-out. The onlycondition is that you are determined enough to get out there andexplore.

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The city of Varanasi brings to you some of the most surreal moments of your life. Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the city gives you an opportunity to feel the beat in the spiritual heart of India.

While you are in Varanasi, do remember to book a hotel in Varanasi facing the divine Ganges. If you book close to the Ganges River, you can easily reach the Ghats of Varanasi.

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Enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Banaras, Mark Twain, the English author and litterateur, once wrote: "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". The venerable and ancient city Varanasi is one of the most sacred places for the Hindus. Pilgrims from across the world come here to achieve salvation. Varanasi - the land of sacred light will stir you to think about life and contemplate over the irrelevance of temporal wealth in the face of death. On your visit to Varanasi you will enjoy a journey through the present and the past in search of immortality. This is the essence of Varanasi is for religious Hindus "the Gateway to Moksha."
Visit to Vishwanath Temple
Vishwanath Temple which is also famous as the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is the most sacred shrine in Varanasi. Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb destroyed the original temple. Later it was reconstruct by Rani Ahilyabai of Indore in the 18th century. The Gold plating of the dome was done during the 19th century by King Ranjit Singh of Punjab. No foreigner can enter in the temple premises.

Holy Bath at Varanasi Ghat

Bharat Mata Temple
This temple is dedicated to Mother India. Just one kilometer from the Varanasi station, the temple is built in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth which was built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt. This temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936 so that the citizens could respect Mother India in statue form. The statute is built in marble. The statue is a replica of undivided India in three dimensions which has the mountains, plains and oceans in right proportion.

Tulsi Manas Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. The temple is built in the place where Goswami Tulsidas composed the epic 'Ramacharitramanas' which provides us with detailed description of the history and deeds of Lord Rama. Tulsi Manas Temple was constructed by a philanthropist family in 1964.

Sankat Mochan Temple
Sankat Mochan Temple is located near the Banaras Hindu University. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The word "Sankat Mochan" means one eradicates all sufferings i.e. Lord Hanuman. It is said that Tulsidas, the author of epic Ramacharitamanasa founded the Sankat Mochan temple. According to Hindu mythology, one who visits the Sankat Mochan temple his gets all his or her desired wishes. Every Tuesday and Saturday, thousands of devotees queue up in front of the Sankat Mochan Temple for prayer.

Bharat Mata Temple
The Bharat Mata temple is the only temple which is dedicated to Mother India. Located in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth campus, The Bharat Mata temple was built by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt. It was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936. The most exclusive feature of the temple is instead of any customary gods and goddesses it houses a map of India.

Varanasi Ghats
Ghats of River Ganges, Varanasi or Kashi ghats reflect a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. According to the Hindu mythology, whoever dies in Varanasi, he gets salvation. Ganga Ghats of Varanasi are considered the holiest spots for dying in Hindu mythology. . There are more than 100 ghats in Varanasi of which Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harischandra Ghat, Kabir Ghat and Assi Ghat etc are the most prominent and popular

How to Reach Varanasi
Varanasi Airport is well linked to major Indian cities and tourist spots. Daily domestic flights to and from Varanasi to several cities in India are easily available. Daily flights on Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi route are quite popular among the tourists. Varanasi has two railway stations i.e. the Kashi Junction and the Varanasi Junction which is also known as Varanasi Cantonment. Rajdhani Express from Delhi or from Calcutta passes through Varanasi. One can also get any desired trains from Mughalsarai Railway Station, which is just 10 km south of Varanasi.