VARANASI – A MYSTERIOUS PLACE STUCK BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH

Varanasi, also referred to as Benaras or Kashi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. This holy city humbles you by bringing you face to face with the balance of life and death. The best way to capture the spirit of Varanasi is an early morning boat ride on the sacred River Ganges from Assi Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat. You’ll witness people taking a dip in the holy River Ganges to wash away the sins and you’ll also witness people cremating their loved ones on the banks to attain moksha (liberation from the cycle of rebirth). For people living in this holy city the life revolves around the sacred River Ganges. Attend the puja or prayer ceremony that takes place early in the morning and in evening at various ghats where the air is filled with prayers, chants, music and incense. The holy city of Varanasi is not just to see. Its to feel and experience. A visit to this city is for people who are ready to accept that this is the culture and embrace the chaos that is Varanasi.

 

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Sadhu on the Ghats of River Ganges in Varanasi

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Sadhu trying to attain Nirvana..

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Open air beard trimming on the ghats

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People selling floating lamps

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Ganga Aarati, a spectacular must-see and extravagant show is performed daily in the evening by group of priests at the Dashashwamedh Ghat on the banks of the holy river Ganges.

Ganga Aarti takes place at 07.00 pm in the evening after the sunset for around 45 mins at the Dashashwamedh Ghat on the banks of the holy river Ganges in Varanasi.

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Preparing huge brass light lamps for the evening Ganga Aarti

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Platforms prepared for Gaga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghats

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Worshipping River Ganga

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Get up at the crack of the dawn for an amazing boat ride on river Ganges. A spectacular way to see the life along the banks of the river Ganges. As the sun rises you will see people flock to the banks of the river for morning worship and rituals.

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When Sun rises at Varanasi

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Kishan the 15 year old boy who took me for the boat ride on river Ganges early in the morning

Kishan the 15 year old boy who took me for the boat ride on river ganges early in the morning

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People doing Yoga on the ghats

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Morning dip in the holy river before going to Kashi Vishwanath Temple

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Our most recommended option for your stay in Varanasi is Suryauday Haveli on Shivala Ghats. A beautifully restored heritage haveli built by the Royal Family of Nepal on the ghats overlooking the River Ganges. You stay at Suryauday Haveli begins with a 15 minutes boat ride along the famous ghats of Varanasi to reach the Haveli.

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Suryauday Haveli a beautifully restored haveli on the Shivala Ghats

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Restaurant – Suryauday Haveli

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Inner courtyard at Suryauday Haveli

The holy city of Varanasi is not just to see. Its to feel and experience. A visit to this city is for people who are ready to accept that this is the culture and embrace the chaos that is Varanasi.

Planning to visit the holiday city of Varanasi. Email us on info@indiaviakerala.com to contact one of our India Travel Specialists for preparing a tailor-made holiday plan.

 

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