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#1 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 6 km from Varanasi Junction, Dasashwamedh Ghat is a ghat on the banks of River Ganga in the holy town of Varanasi. Located close to Vishwanath Temple, Dasashwamedh Ghat is one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi and also one of the popular places to visit in Varanasi.

The Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the most important religious sites in Varanasi and is considered as the main ghat. It is believed that Lord Brahma performed his victorious Dasa_Ashwamedha (ten - horses) sacrifice in this spot, hence the name Dasashwamedh Ghat. Locals also believe that this ghat was built by Bajirao Peshwa I in 1740 AD. However, Ahilyabahi Holkar, the Queen of Indore rebuilt the ghat in the year 1774.

Dotted with numerous temples and religious sites, the ghat possesses well laid steps and platforms for performing various rituals and religious activities. Dasashwamedh Ghat is famous for Ganga Aarti at each evening which attracts many devotees and is certainly once in a lifetime experience. .....

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#2 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 3 km from Dasashwamedh Ghat and 8 km from Varanasi Junction, Assi Ghat is one of the famous ghats on the banks of River Ganga in Varanasi. Situated at the confluence of Ganga and Assi Rivers, it is the southernmost ghat in Kashi and also one of the important Places to visit in Varanasi.

Assi Ghat has numerous references in the early literature of the Hindus including Agni Purana, Matsya Purana, Padma Purana, Kurma Purana and Kashi Khand. According to the mythology, Goddess Durga had thrown her sword in Assi River after killing the demons Shumbha & Nishumbha. Assi Ghat is called as Assi Saimbeda Tirtha in Kashi Khand and is one of the five special ghats visited by pilgrims during the Panchtirtha Yatra.

Also known as Asi Ghat, the Ghat is renowned for a large Shiva Lingam placed under a Peepal Tree. This place also boasts one more ancient temple enshrining a Shiva Lingam famously known as Asisangameshwar Lingam. This was also the place where the renowned saint .....

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#3 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 1 km from Dasashwamedh Ghat and 6 km from Varanasi Junction, Manikarnika Ghat is one of the holiest ghats in Varanasi along the banks of River Ganga. Situated just beside Dasashwamedh Ghat, it is the main cremation ghat and also one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi.

Popularly called as Mahasmasana, Manikarnika Ghat is one of two burning Ghats in Varanasi while the other one is Harishchandra Ghat. According to Hindu mythology, Manikarnika Ghat is believed to be the place where the ear ornament worn by Sati fell down when Lord Shiva was carrying her to the Himalayas.

Manikarnika Ghat is among the pivotal places of interest in Varanasi. According to the religious beliefs, burning the dead bodies at this ghat is a way to attain Moksha, the salvation. The ghat also houses a Shiva Durga Temple, which was constructed by Maharaja of Awadh in 1850. Apart from this, a sacred pond named Cakra-Pushkarini is also adorning this holy place. It is believed that this pond .....

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#5 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 2 km from Dasashwamedh Ghat and 5 km from Varanasi Junction, Chet Singh Ghat is one of the popular ghats in Varanasi situated along the banks of River Ganga. It is relatively less crowded ghat and also one of the cleanest ghats in Varanasi.

Situated between the popular Dasashwamedh & Assi Ghats, the Chet Singh Ghat is a historical fortified Ghat. The name of this ghat is derived from the Palace of Raja Chet Singh which is situated on the banks of Ganges here. This palace was the principal residence of Raja Chet Singh, the illegitimate son of Balwant Singh, the first Maharaja of Banaras. The ghat witnessed a fierce battle between the troops of Warren Hastings and Chet Singh in 1781 CE.

Also known as Khirki Ghat, the ghat is now divided into four parts called as Chet Singh Ghat, Niranjani Ghat, Nirvani Ghat and Shivala Ghat. The ghat houses three Lord Shiva temples belonging to the 18th century AD. Till first half 20th century it was culturally quite important .....

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#8 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 1 km from Dasashwamedh Ghat and 5 km from Varanasi Junction, Lalita Ghat is one of the main ghats on the Ganges River in Varanasi. This ghat is one of the most venerated ghats of Kashi for the devotees and is also identified among the seven most prominent ghats of Varanasi by Varanasi Tourism Department.

The ghat was built by King of Nepal, Rana Bahadur Shah in the early 19th century CE. The ghat is dedicated to Lalita Devi who is reckoned to be the personification of Goddess Durga. Devotees who come to this ghat believe that bathing at this ghat will earn the blessings of the Goddess.

Lalita Ghat is dotted with several Hindu temples. The well-known 'lingam' of Ganga Keshav and shrines of Gangatitya, Kashi Devi, Lalita Devi and Bhagirath Tirtha are affiliated to Lalita Ghat. Also known as Nepali Mandir, the Keshava temple was built by King of Nepal in typical Nepalese architecture. Also known as Kothwala Temple, thi is the replica of the famous Pashupatinath .....

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#11 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 5 km from Varanasi Junction, Kashi Vishwanath Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated on the banks of River Ganga in Varanasi city of Uttar Pradesh. Popularly known as Golden Temple, it is one of the twelve jyotirlinga temples and also one of the popular places of Pilgrimage in India.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishwanath, one of the incarnations of Lord Shiva and he is regarded as the patron deity of Varanasi. The Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple at Varanasi has high religious significance and is the center of faith for millions of Hindus. The temple was visited by many great saints including Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati, Goswami Tulsidas, Adi Shankaracharya and Gurunanak Dev. Lord Vishwanath is considered to the supreme origin of the spiritual truth and strengthens the bonds of universal brotherhood. It is believed that a single darshan of Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga is considered to auspicious more than .....

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#12 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 12 km from Varanasi Junction, New Vishwanath Mandir is a Hindu temple situated in the premises of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the popular temples in Banaras and also one of the biggest tourist attractions in the holy city of Varanasi.

Popularly called as Birla Temple, the temple was constructed by the famed Birla family. According to history, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya planned to replicate Sri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir in the campus of Banaras Hindu University and the Birla family undertook the construction. The foundation was laid in 1931and was finally completed in 1966.

New Vishwanath Temple is having the similar structure of Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Built with marbles, the temple is designed by the founder of BHU, Sri Madan Mohan Malaviya. With a height of 253 feet, the temple has the tallest tower in the world. In fact, it is a temple complex which consists of 7 temples. The Shiva temple is situated .....

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#15 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 7 km from Varanasi Junction, Durga Mandir or Durgakund Temple is a prominent Hindu temple situated near Tulsi Manas Temple in Varanasi. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Banaras and also one of the must visit Varanasi Tourist Places.

Dedicated to Goddess Durga, Durga Mandir was built in the 18th century by a Bengali Maharani. According to the legend, the idol in the temple is not made by man but appeared on its own. It is believed that Goddess Durga has protected Varanasi for many centuries from the South. The temple is known with the name of monkey temple as tourists can spot number of monkeys in the temple vicinity.

The temple was built in Nagara style of architecture. The temple is painted red with ochre to match the colours of the central icon of Durga, the goddess of strength and power. The temple is made up of many small sikharas adjoined together. The temple is located on the banks of a rectangular tank, which is often called as the Durga .....

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#16 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 7 km from Varanasi Junction, Tulsi Manas Mandir is a Hindu temple situated next to the famed Durgakund Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the most famous temples of Varanasi and also an important tourist attraction of the holy city.

Tulsi Manas Mandir was built in the year 1964 by Seth Ratan Lal Sureka of Bandhaghat (Howrah). Named after saint Tulsidas, the temple has been precisely devoted to Lord Rama. This temple has great historical and cultural importance in Hinduism since the ancient Hindu epic Ramcharitmanas was originally written at this place by Hindu poet-saint, reformer and philosopher Goswami Tulsidas in the 16th century CE.

The temple was constructed in white marble with beautiful landscaping all around. The walls of the temple are engraved with scenes from Ramcharitmanas, the Hindi version of Ramayana. The temple has beautiful images of the Ram, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman. There is an attractive Tulsi Garden which has very calm .....

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Museum

#18 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 11 km from Varanasi Junction, Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum is an art and archeological museum located within the campus of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. It is one of the oldest museums in India and also one of the important places to visit in Varanasi.

Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum was established in 1920 AD. From 1920 to 1962, the museum was shifted to several locations within Varanasi. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation of the existing museum building in 1950 and the museum was shifted to its existing location in 1962. Rabindranath Tagore was its first honorary chairman. However the full credit for its development and upgradation goes to late Rai Krishnadasa who was a renowned Hindi writer and a great pioneer.

The museum holds more than 100,000 memorable collections of artifacts. These artifacts are displayed in different galleries namely Mahamana Malaviya Gallery, Nicholas Roerich Gallery, Chhavi or Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, Nidhi or Treasure .....

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#19 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 5 km from Varanasi Junction, Annapurna Devi Mandir is a popular Hindu temple situated near Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Vishwanath Galli area of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Having great religious importance in Hinduism, it is one of the popular places to visit in Varanasi.

The temple was constructed by Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao in 1729 AD. Having great religious importance in Hinduism, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna Devi, the Goddess of Food or the Goddess of Nourishment. It is believed that Goddess Parvati gave Alms to Shiva, and she is depicted with a bowl in one hand and ladle in the other, serving food to Shiva, standing in front of her with his begging bowl in the hand. Mata Annapurna is the Goddess of Varanasi who always protects Kashi and feeding her devotees.

According to the legend, the entire world becomes dark when Mata Parvati closed all the three eyes of Lord Shiva. Due to this, Mata Parvati too lost her Gauri Rupa and asked Lord Shiva's .....

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#20 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 500 m from Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple and 4 km from Varanasi Junction, Jantar Mantar is an observatory situated atop Man Mahal Palace near the famous Dashashwamedh ghat in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the popular Varanasi Tourist Places.

Jantar Mantar was constructed in 1737 CE by Jai Singh, the Maharaja of Jaipur. He was a great admirer of science and technology and he was particularly passionate about astronomy. Also known as Yantra Mandir, it was built in order to evaluate the exact time and altitude of the place, the declination of Sun, stars and planets and to determine eclipses. It was the replica of other observatories in New Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain, and Mathura.

Housing several masonry instruments to record the motion, speed and properties of stars, planets, and study astronomy, the building shows accurate results until now. The site is renowned for its multiple structures in various shapes that have their specialised function for astronomical .....

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#21 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 5 km from Varanasi Junction, Sri Kashi Vishalakshi Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Mir Ghat on the banks of the Ganges at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India. Situated near Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, it is among the popular temples in Banaras and also one of the must visit places in Varanasi.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Vishalakshi Devi, the divine form of Goddess Sati. This temple is one among the 51 Shakti Peethas, and is part of the famous triad of temples- Kanchi Kamakshi, Madurai Meenakshi and Kashi Vishalakshi. According to mythology, the earring of the goddess Sati has fallen on this holy spot of Varanasi. Another version says that this is a Shakti Peetha only because one of the three eyes of Goddess Sati (Akshi) fell here. As the divine eye can perceive the entire universe, Mother here is called Vishalakshi, the vast-eyed.

Sri Vishalakshi Temple is built in South Indian architectural style. The Gopuram at the entrance has elaborate carvings and .....

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#25 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 9 km from Varanasi Junction, Sarnath is a revered Buddhist pilgrimage center located near the confluence of Ganga and Varuna Rivers in Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the popular Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India and also one of the must visit Varanasi Tourist Places.

Also known as Ishipatna and Mrigadaya, Sarnath is one of the four most important Buddhist pilgrimage centers of India, the other three are Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar. According to the legend, Lord Buddha after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya came to Sarnath and delivered his first sermon to his five disciples. It is also the place where the original Sangha was formed and a new order of religious doctrine (Dhamma) was laid. Sarnath is also sacred to the Jains as it is the site of asceticism and death of Shreyamshanath, the 11th Trithankara.

The great emperor Ashoka visited the holy land around 234 BC and constructed a Stupa. During the Golden Age of Gupta King Chandragupta II (376-414 .....

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#26 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 14 km from Varanasi Junction, Ramnagar fort is a medieval fort located on the banks of River Ganges in Ramnagar area of Varanasi. Ramnagar Fort is one of the popular forts in Uttar Pradesh and among the best places to visit in Varanasi.

Ramnagar Fort was constructed by Maharaja Balwant Singh in 18th century CE. This was the royal residence of Raja of Banaras, also known as Kashi Naresh. The fort represents typical Mughal style of architecture with carved balconies, open courtyards, and picturesque pavilions. Built with creamy-coloured Chunar sandstone, the fort houses a temple, a museum and the king's residential complex. The temple is dedicated to Ved Vyasa, the author of the Indian epic the Mahabharata. As per the legends, it is believed that Ved Vyasa resided within the fort for a short period.

The fort still retains its charm and attracts tourists in large numbers. One can still witness the ornamented swords, photographs of tiger shoots and visits by the .....

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#4 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 6 km from Varanasi Junction, Darbhanga Ghat is located to the south of Dasashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi. This ghat is one of the famous ghats in Varanasi and also one of the places to visit in Banaras.

Situated between Dasashwamedh Ghat and Rana Mahal Ghat, Darbhanga Ghat was named after Darbhanga royal family. Darbhanga Ghat is used to perform the religious rites related to the demise of a loved one. The ghat is placed near a huge building, which offers view of religious ceremonies being performed in the ghat. Moreover, there is a beautiful temple along with huge Shiva Linga at this ghat. The premises of the ghat offer all kinds of facilities for performing religious rituals.

One can also visit Chausatti Ghat which is located next to Darbhanga Ghat. There is a Chausath Yogini Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali. Many Hindus come to this temple during the new moon day of the month of Chaitra.

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#6 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 5 km from Varanasi Junction, Man Mandir Ghat is a ghat on the banks of River Ganga in Varanasi. Situated just to the north of Dasashwamedh Ghat, it is one of the important ghats in Varanasi and also among the popular places to visit in Varanasi.

Earlier known as Someswara Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat was built in 16th century CE by Raja Man Singh of Amer and was renamed after him. He also built a magnificent palace here and is known for its exquisite ornate window carvings. It is now maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. One can get a panoramic view of all the ghats of Varanasi from the terrace of this palace. An observatory, popularly called as Jantar Mantar, is established atop the Man Singh Palace in 1710 CE by Sawai Jai Singh II.

Situated on the western bank of River Ganga, the ghat is dotted with many temples including Rameshwara Temple, Sthuladanta Vinayaka and Someswara temples. Someswara Temple is the exact replica of the Someshwara lingam in Somanath .....

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#7 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 6 km from Varanasi Junction, Scindia Ghat is one of the ghats along the banks of holy Ganges in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh. Situated to the north of Manikarnika Ghat, it is one of the popular tourist attractions in Banaras and also counted among the must visit ghats of Varanasi.

Also known as Shinde Ghat, the ghat is named after the Scindias, who built it in 1830. This ghat is highly revered by Hindus, as it is believed that Agni, the Hindu God of Fire, was born here. Scindia Ghat is famous for a partly submerged Shiva temple. Built by Baija Bai, the temple is over 150 year old and got submerged into the water due to the weight of the ghat. It is a common belief that the massive temple masonry continues to sink even to this date.

Scindia Ghat is well known for early morning meditation because of its peaceful and clean environment. Many temples are found near the ghat. The ghat is styled with three rows of stone turrets. These turrets are mostly used for resting .....

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#9 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 1.5 km from Manikarnika Ghat and 7 km from Varanasi Junction, Panchganga Ghat is another popular ghat along the banks of River Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the cleanest ghats in Varanasi and among the popular Varanasi Tourist Places.

Panchganga Ghat is called so because it is built at the confluence of five holy rivers - Ganga, Saraswati, Dhupapapa, Yamuna and Kirana. Out of these five only Ganga remains visible while the other four are believed to have disappeared in earth. There are five black stone idols residing here for the five river goddesses. Many devotees throng to this ghat in hopes of attaining blessings from these five goddesses.

This ghat has lot of history. It is believed that Panchganga Ghat is also served as a teaching place for Vaidant Ramanand, the Guru of great saint Kabir. Further, it is also believed that the saint poet Tulsi Das composed the famous Vinay-Patrika here at this ghat.

This ghat is popular for Alamgir .....

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#10 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 8 km from Varanasi Junction, Tulsi Ghat is a prominent ghat situated between Assi Ghat and Chet Singh Ghat in the holy town of Varanasi. It is one of the most popular Varanasi Ghats and among the top places to experience Varanasi Tourism.
Tulsi Ghat is named in honor of famous saint poet Tulsi Das. It is believed that the saint poet Tulsi Das had written the famous epic Ramcharitmanas at this ghat. Besides, it is also said that when the manuscript fell in the river, it was floated without sinking. Tulsi Das got motivated from the pristine Lord Ram temple located at the bank of the river Ganges. Many reminiscences of Tulsi Das are still available in this Ghat. It is believed that the first ever Ramlila (the story of Lord Rama's life) was staged at this ghat.

Earlier called as Lolark Ghat, Tulsi Ghat was renovated and cemented by Baldeo Das Birla, the famous industrialist in 1941. Tulsi Ghat is associated with a number of important activities such as Dhrupad Mela .....

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#13 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 2 km from Assi Ghat and 8 km from Varanasi Junction, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is a sacred temple on the banks of River Assi in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh. Situated near Durgakund Temple, it is one of the holy temples in Kashi and also one of the top places to visit in Varanasi.

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is one of the revered temples of Lord Hanuman in the city of Varanasi. The word Sankat Mochan means deliverer from troubles. Sankat Mochan Temple was founded by Tulsidas, author of the Ramcharitmanas. It was constructed in 1900s by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya (founder of BHU). It is believed that temple has been built at the very spot where the saint Tulsidas had a vision of Lord Hanuman.

According to Vedic Astrology, Lord Hanuman protects his devotees from the anger of planet Saturn and those who have ill placed Saturn in their horoscope visit Sankat Mochan Temple to get remedy. The laddu offered at this temple is essentially famous among the locals. .....

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#14 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 3 km from Varanasi Junction, Bharat Mata Mandir is fairly a new temple located at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus in Varanasi city of Uttar Pradesh. Dedicated to Mother India, it claims to be the only one of its kind in the world and among the popular places to visit in Banaras.

Bharat Mata Mandir was constructed in 1936 CE by freedom fighter Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The temple is in the shape of pentagon with five pillars supporting the structure. Instead of traditional statues of gods and goddesses, this temple has a huge map of undivided India carved in marble. The map depicts the mountains, plains and oceans up to scale. This is a unique temple and a symbol of patriotism. This temple is placed itself in the settings of natural beauty overlooking the Ganges and its holy Ghats in Banaras.

Timings: 9.30 AM - 8 PM

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#17 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 1 km from Kashi Vishwanath Mandir and 5 km from Varanasi Junction, Kaal Bhairav Temple is a Hindu Temple situated at Vishweshwarganj area of Varanasi. It is one of the oldest temples in Varanasi and also one of the best Places to visit in Banaras.

Dedicated to Lord Bhairav Naath, the temple has great historical and cultural importance in Hinduism; especially amongst the locals. Bhairav is considered to as the fearsome manifestation of Lord Shiva who wears a garland of skulls and carries a club of peacock feathers. Lord Kaal Bhairav is believed to be the guardian deity of Varanasi and everyone who wants to live in Varanasi need to take his permission. He is also believed to be the Kotwal of 'Sati pind', without his permission no one can touch the 'Sati pind'.

According to legend, Lord Bhairav was born from the Third eye of Lord Shiva and he is the symbol of Anger. He cut one of the heads of Brahma himself when ordered by Lord Shiva. Cutting off Brahma's fifth .....

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#22 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 35 km from Mirzapur and 40 km from Varanasi, Chunar Fort is an ancient fort located at Chunar town in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh. Also known as Chandrakanta Chunargarh and Charanadri, it is one of the best places to visit near Varanasi.

The Chunar Fort was established by Maharaja Vikramaditya, the King of Ujjain for his brother Raja Bhartihari. As per Alha Khand, King Sahadeo made this fort as his capital and renamed as Nainagarh in 1029 AD. Built and rebuilt several times, Chunar first came into prominence in 1177 AD, when Prithviraj Chauhan established his fort here. Later, the fort was ruled by Mughal ruler Babar in 1525 AD and then Sher Shah Suri took control over the fort in 1532 CE. In 1575 AD, Akbar recaptured this fort and then it passed to the nawabs of Awadh in the 18th century. Finally in 1772 AD, it was captured by the British and used it as a warehouse of weapons and missiles till India's independence.

Bordered by River Ganga on two sides, .....

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#23 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 24 km from Robertsganj and 105 km from Varanasi, Vijaygarh Fort is a ruined fort located in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh. Situated south east to Maunukalana village on Robertsganj-Churk road, it is one of the famous historical forts in Uttar Pradesh and also one of the popular places to visit near Varanasi.

This 5th-century Vijaygarh Fort was constructed by Kol kings. Over time, this fort came under the rule of Chandela kings of Agori Barhar. Later this fort was ruled by Sher Shah Suri and Balwant Singh. The fort was under Kashi King Chet Singh's rule until the arrival of British. The fort is said to be mesmeric and another fort is hidden under the fort called the fort of princess Chandrakanta. This elegant fort has also been pertinently described in the novel Chandrakanta by Babu Devkinandan Khatri along with Princess Chandrakanta.

Vijaygarh Fort has both historical and archaeological importance. Some of the unique features of the fort include cave .....

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Wildlife

#24 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 65 km from Varanasi Junction, Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife reserve situated in Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh. It is under the control of Divisional Forest Officer, Kashi Wild Life Division with head quarter at Ram Nagar, Varanasi.

Also known as Chandraprabha, this area was made a hunting reserve for the rulers of Benaras in the second half of the 18th century. Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1957. Asiatic lions were introduced at Chandra Prabha in 1958. The exercise was successful in the beginning, with the number of lions increasing from three to eleven by 1969. However, the following year the lions were found missing.

Chandra Prabha Sanctuary is spread over an area of 78 sq.km and lies on the Naugarh and Vijaigarh hillocks on the north slope of the Kaimur Range. The Chandraprabha River, a tributary of the Ganges, flows through the sanctuary. A variety of wild animals are found at Chandra Prabha which .....

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#27 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 2 km from Assi Ghat and 6 km from Varanasi Junction, Harishchandra Ghat is a cremation ghat along the banks of holy Ganges in Kashi. It is one of the oldest Ghats of Varanasi and also one of the popular Varanasi Places to visit.

Harishchandra Ghat is named after legendary King Harishchandra, who spent his life as a keeper of a crematorium. It is believed that the God rewarded him for his determination, charity, and truthfulness, by giving him back his dead son and his kingdom. Besides Manikarnika Ghat, Harishchandra Ghat is another important cremation ghat in Banaras and is sometimes referred as Adi Manikarnika.

Hindus from distant places bring the dead bodies of their near and dear ones to this ghat for cremation. In Hindu mythology it is believed that a person whose last rights are performed here gets salvation or moksha. Housing the beautiful idols of Harishchandra, Vriddha Kedara and Adi Manikanteshwra, a beautiful temple stands on the side of ghat. This .....

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Waterfall

#28 of 28 Places to Visit in Varanasi

At a distance of 35 km from Chunar & 54 km from Varanasi, Lakhaniya Dari is a breathtaking waterfall situated near Ahraura in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the marvelous waterfalls in Uttar Pradesh and also among the best Places to visit in Varanasi.

Lakhaniya Dari waterfalls cascades down from a height of about 150 m into a pool. The falls looks more beautiful and magnificent during monsoon when it is in full strength. Waters of this fall are stored in Ahraura Dam which is used for irrigation purpose to surrounding village farms and fields. It is a picnic spot for families and a small adventure for trekkers.

One needs to trek 2-3 km from the entry gate to reach the Main waterfall. Visitors need to cross huge rocks, rivulets, jungles etc. and it takes around one and half hours. It is a lonely place and very less people do trekking for the main waterfall, prefer going in groups only. Try to cover this place in day time only. Do carry your own food as there .....

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