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KALBHAIRO NATH MANDIR

Kal Bhairav Temple is one of the ancient temples ofLord Shiva that can be found in Varanasi. This temple has a strong link with the history and culture of the city. Kal Bhairav Temple is the fiercest form of Lord Shiva. The deity is portrayed as a man wearing garlands made with human skull. It is said that the death itself is afraid of this form of Lord Shiva. It is said that Kal Bhairav decides who has to stay in Varanasi and who should not. People of Varanasi get permission from the deity before leaving the town for any reason. Anyone visiting Varanasi should visit the temple first and get permission to enter into Varanasi, according to folklore.
Lord Vishnu surrendered but Lord Brahma continued to stare at the light, which caused one of his heads to burn out. The light that was created by Lord Shiva became a being called as Kal. Kal walked around the world with the head of Brahma in his hand. When he entered Kashi, the head dropped to the ground and his sins washed away. Kaal stayed back in Varanasi.
Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma the three main Gods of Hinduism. Once,Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu got into a fight regarding who is the supreme among all three. All the Vedas pronounced Lord Shiva as the supreme power. Both Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma laughed at this conclusion. Shiva got angry and went into a rage that created a ferocious light.
Lord Vishnu surrendered but Lord Brahma continued to stare at the light, which caused one of his heads to burn out. The light that was created by Lord Shiva became a being called as Kal. Kal walked around the world with the head of Brahma in his hand. When he entered Kashi, the head dropped to the ground and his sins washed away. Kaal stayed back in Varanasi.
Distance from Hotel to Kal Bhairo Mandir:- 500 meter.

KASHI VISHWANATH TEMPLE

Kashi Vishwanath temple is an important temple located in Varanasi. It is a famous shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, Hindu God. It is one of the 12 holiest Shiva temples termed as Jyoti lingas. Varanasi is also called as Kashi and Shiva is considered as the ruler of the universe. Vishwanath refers to the term ruler of the universe.
The history of the temple starts with a legendary story. Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu got into an argument that broke into a fight about their supremacy. As a moderator, Lord Shiva took a form of light that pierced through three worlds. Shiva demanded them to find the tip of the light and the one who finds the tip of the light would be considered supreme. Vishnu took the form of a pig and dug down to find the tip and Lord Brahma rode up to find the tip. The place where Shiva’s light pierced through the earth are the 12 jyoti lingas and this temple is one among those.
Opening time of the temple is: 3:00 am
Aarti time:
  • Mangala Aarti : 3 AM- 4 AM (Morning)
  • Bhog Aarti : 11.15 AM to 12.20 PM (Day)
  • Sandhya Aarti : 7 PM to 8.15 PM (Evening)
  • Shringar Aarti : 9 PM to 10.15 PM (Night)
  • Shayan Aarti : 10.30 PM – 11 PM (Night)

Distance from Hotel to Kashi Vishwanath Temple:- 1.500 KM
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DASHASHWAMEDH GHAT

Dashashwamedh ghat is famous for great event named Gange Aarti at each evening after sunset. Thousands of earthen lamps are immersed in the Gange water as a floating lamp which looks awesome and seems a great religious ritual of the Hindu devotees. The Gange aarti is a religious event which is performed at the bank of the Gange River by a group of young priests who become draped in a saffron color dress having puja thali and a big brass aarti lamp.
There are two mythologies about the ghat is that the Lord Brahma was created the Dashashwamedh ghat in order to welcome the Lord Shiva, and the second one is the Lord Brahma was sacrificed the ten horses in a yajna here. The Dashashwamedh ghat was reconstructed by the Bajirao Pesava I in the year 1740 AD. It was later reconstructed by the Queen of the Indore (the princess Ahilyabai Holkar) in the year 1774.
It is also believed that the ten horse sacrifice was done by the Bhara Shiva Naga rulers in the second century. This ghat is famous for the Agni Pooja which is held here daily in the evening by a group of the priest who are dedicated to the Lord Shiva, River Ganges, Surya, Agni as well as the whole universe. Tourists can see the excellent and colorful river front view. A group of sadhus can be seen performing religious activities at this ghat.
Distance from Hotel to Dashashwmegh Ghat:- 2.00 KM

MANIKARNIKA GHAT

The Importance of Cremation in Hinduism
The burning of one’s body upon their demise is fundamental in Hinduism, for the soul is purified and freed from the body. The cremation process is crucial in achieving nirvana, and the ritual’s many stages must be completed correctly or the soul will not transition to the afterlife.
It is one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi. The Manikarnika Ghat is mentioned in a Gupta inscription of 5th century. It is revered in Hindu religion. When Mata Sati (Aadi shakti mata) sacrificed her life & set her body ablaze after Raja Daksh Prajapati (one of the sons of Lord Brahma) tried to humiliate Lord shiva in a Yagya practiced by Daksh. Lord Shiva took her burning body to the Himalaya. On seeing the unending sorrow of Lord shiva, Vishnu sends the Divine chakra to cut the body into 51 parts which fall on earth. They are called "Ekannya Shaktipeeth". Lord Shiva established Shakti Peeth wherever Sati's body had fallen. At Manikarnika ghat, Mata Sati's Ear's ornament had fallen.
Distance from Hotel to Manikarnika Ghat:- 2.00 KM
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ASSI GHAT

Assi Ghat is the Southernmost ghat in Varanasi. To most visitors to Varanasi, it is known for being a place where long-term foreign students, researchers and tourists live. Assi Ghat is one of the ghats often visited for recreation and during festivals. On typical days about 300 people visit every hour in the mornings, and on festival days 2500 people arrive per hour. Most of the people visiting the ghat on usual days are students from the nearby Banaras Hindu University. The ghat accommodates about 22,500 people at once during festivals like Shivratri.
There are a lot of activities for tourists to engage in at the ghat. Visitors can go for boat rides, go up in a hot-air balloon for an aerial view of Assi ghat, enjoy the daily talent show in the evening or eat at one of the many restaurants and cafes in the area.
Distance from Hotel to Assi Ghat:- 2.00 KM

SANKAT MOCHAN (MONKEY TEMPLE)

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is a Hindu temple in Varanas, Uttar Pradesh, India and is dedicated to the Hindu God Hanuman. The temple was established by famous Hindu preacher and poet saint Sri Goswami Tulsidas in the early 1500's and is situated on the banks of the Assi river. The deity was named "Sankat Mochan" meaning the "reliever from troubles".
In the temple, offerings to Lord Hanuman (called Prasad) are sold like the special sweet "besan ke ladoo", which the devotees relish the idol is also decked with a pleasant marigold flower garland as well. This temple has the unique distinction of having Lord Hanuman facing his Lord, Ram, whom he worshipped with steadfast and selfless devotion.
Distance from Hotel to Sankat Mochan Temple:- 5.00 KM
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BHU, VARANASI

The Banaras Hindu University was established by Madan Mohan Malviya. A prominent lawyer and an Indian independence activist, Malviya considered education as the primary means for achieving a national awakening.
At the 21st Conference of the Indian National Congress in Benares in December 1905, Malviya publicly announced his intent to establish a university in Varanasi. On the request of Malviya, Attar Singh laid the foundation stone of Banaras Hindu University at Varanasi in 1914. Malviya continued to develop his vision for the university with inputs from other Indian nationalists and educationists. He published his plan in 1911. The focus of his arguments was the prevailing poverty in India and the decline in income of Indians compared to Europeans. The plan called for the focus on technology and science, besides the study of India's religion and culture.
BHU is located on the southern edge of Varanasi, near the banks of the river Ganges. Development of the main campus, spread over 1,300 acres (5.3 km²), started in 1916 on land donated by the then Kashi Naresh Prabhu Narayan Singh. The campus layout approximates a semicircle, with intersecting roads laid out along the radii or in arcs. Buildings built in the first half of the 20th century are fine examples of Indo-Gothic architecture.
Distance from Hotel to BHU:- 6.00 KM

TULSI MANAS TEMPLE

Tulsi Manas Mandir Temple is one of the famous temples of the Varanasi and also known as the Tulsi Birla Manas Mandir. It is located at Durga Kund very close to the Durga Temple in the Varanasi city. It is made up of the white marble in the year 1964 and looks very attractive having beautiful garden. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Ram and constructed by the family of Banaras. The temple has beautiful images of the Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman.
Other temples located near to the Tulsi Manas Mandir are Durga temple, Sankat Mochan Temple and New Vishwanath temple. It has become the point of the tourist attraction in the Kashi. It is considered that the temple is built at the same place where the famous and great Indian Epic Ramcharitamanasa written by the saint GoswamiTulsidas. The wall of the temple has various scenes from the Ramcharitamanasa.
Opening Time of the Temple is: 5:30 am to 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Aarti time is: 6:00 am in the morning and 4:00 pm in the evening.
Distance from Hotel to Tulsi Manas Mandir :- 5.00 KM
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DURGA MATA MANDIR

Durga Temple, Durga Mandir and Durga Kund Mandir are some of the names for this temple. It is one of the famous temples, which is dedicated to Goddesses Durga. The red coloured temple structure is attracting numerous tourists and plenty of pilgrims every day.
The queen of Bengal built the temple in 18th century. The temple has a pond (kund) which is connected to the holy River Ganges. It is said that the deity inside the temple was not made by man but appeared itself.
The king of Varanasi invited the princes from surrounding cities for his daughter to choose her groom. Later, he learnt that his daughter was in love with the prince of Varanasi and got them married. The princes who came for the event felt insulted and waged war against the king of Varanasi. The prince of Varanasi prayed to Durga to help the king of Varanasi in the war. It is said that the Goddess fought the war for the king and the temple was built to please Durga and to plead her to protect the land.
The exact time of construction of the temple is not known. It was built in 18th century in Nagara style. The temple is painted in dark red colour to represent the power of the Goddess.
Distance from Hotel to Durga Mata Mandir:- 5.00 KM

SHREE PARASHVANATH DIGAMBAR JAIN TEMPLE

Bhelpur is believed to be birthplace of Parshvanath, the 23rd Thirthankara hence, a place for 4 Kalyanak - Chyavan, Janm, Deeksha & Kevalgyan. A beautiful temple dedicated to Parshvanath is built here. The idol deified in the temple is of black colour and 75 cm in height. It is located in Bhelapur about 5 km from the center of Varanasi city and 3 km from the Banaras Hindu University. It belongs to the both sect of Jainism and is a holy Tirth or pilgrimage centre for Jains.
Distance from Hotel to Jain Mandir( Bhelupur):- 3.00 KM
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RAM NAGAR FORT

The Ramnagar Fort is a fortification in Ramnagar, Varanasi, India. It is located near the Ganga River on its eastern bank, opposite to the Tulsi Ghat. The sandstone structure was built in the Mughal style in 1750
by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh. At present, the fort is not in a good shape. It has been the home of Kashi Naresh since the eighteenth century. The current king and the resident of the fort is Pelu Bhiru Singh, who is also known as the Maharaja of Varanasi even though this royal title has been abolished since 1971.
The fort is at a scenic location on the eastern right bank of the Ganges River, opposite to the Varanasi Ghats. It is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from Varanasi and 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the Banaras Hindu University by pontoon. The pontoon bridge, which provides access to the fort, has rickety planks. During the monsoon season, the fort is accessible across the river by ferry service only. Boat ride to the fort from Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi takes about an hour.
Distance from Hotel to Ram Nagar Fort:- 7.00 KM
All Around tourist place :-
Markandey Mahadev Mandir:- 25.00 KM
Vindhyachal Sakti Pith Mandir:- 35.00 KM

SARNATH

Located 13 km North East of Varanasi, Sarnath is among the famous Buddhist pilgrimages in India. It is a popular place to visit around Varanasi for those seeking peace and solitude after jostling their way through the frazzled ghats and streets of Kashi. After achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya, the Buddha came to Sarnath seeking his former companions and thus gave his first sermon here.
Popular sightseeing places in Sarnath include the Dhamekh Stupa & Monastery Ruins, the Archaeological Museum, the Chaukhandi Stupa, the Ashoka Pillar, the Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, and the Chinese & Thai Temple and Monastery.
Sarnath is a place located 10 kilometres north-east in Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dhamma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna.
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BHARAT KALA BHAVAN MUSEUM

A distinctly classical sound, characteristic of an endless stream of madness rings through Varanasi. And the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum located within the prestigious Banaras Hindu University bears testament to this rippling clangor. The museum was set up in 1920 with Rabindranath Tagore as its honorary chairman and is among the foremost tourist places in Varanasi today. The museum showcases miniature paintings, sculptures, and local history displays. It also has an art gallery dedicated to the Russian artist, Nicholas Roerich.
Bharat Kala Bhavan was established on 1 January 1920 in a wing of Bharat Kala Parishad in Godowlia, Varanasi. Between 1920 to 1962, the museum was shifted to several locations within Varanasi before Jawaharlal Nehru laid foundation of the existing museum building in 1950 and the museum was shifted to its existing location in the Banaras Hindu University in 1962. Mahatma Gandhi visited Bharat Kala Bhavan thrice and in his final trip he inscribed "संग्रह बहुत अच्छा है" ("the collection is very good").

AHILYABAI GHAT

Ahilyabai ghat was earlier known as Kevalgiri ghat but in 1778, the famous Queen Ahilyabai Holkar ordered its renovation and converted it into a ghat that was made of concrete. The ghat is famous for the fact that it is believed to be the first ghat in Varanasi that has been named after a person. The best time of the day to visit here is in the morning hours, when the Hindu devotees throng the ghat to take a dip to get cleansed from their sin.
At the place of an old site of Kaivalyagiri Ghat, Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore made it a ‘pucca’ ghat in 1778. She also re-built Vishveshwara temple in 1777. Ahilyabai Ghat holds importance because of the fact that it’s the first ghat of Varanasi which had been named after a person.
Ahilyabai Ghat has the distinction of being the first ghat named in honour of a person, namely, the warrior queen Ahilyabhai Holkar of Indore who actually built it in 1778 along with a number of temples and spiritual residences throughout the city of Varanasi. The best time to come here is in the morning when Indian worshippers take a holy dip in the river to cleanse themselves of sins in hope of attaining Moksha.
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