Varanasi is one of the world’s continually inhabited and oldest cities. It is but natural that a city like this would be a proud heritage of the Indian culture. Varanasi was once the centre of learning of the Hindu way of life and people from far and near used to come here to get to read religious texts under great religious teachers. Today too, Varanasi is considered to be a holy site for Hindu pilgrimage and people from all across the country often choose to come and spend the last days of their life in Varanasi.
So if you are planning a trip to this lovely city, you must soak in all the heritage spots that this city has to offer. After you book a room in the varanasi hotel of your choice, head out to explore these areas both in and around the city, to get a feel of heritage that envelopes this city:
- Sarnath: You must travel to Sarnath, which is just about 45 minutes away from the main area of the city. This place is a must visit for two main reasons. First you will be taken to the Deer Park once you reach here. It is believed that Gautama Buddha after attaining Enlightenment had come to Sarnath to deliver his first sermons. It is also here that you will find the Buddhist stupa which is believed to have once had the last remains of the Buddha. Remnants of the Ashokan pillar and the Ashok Chakra have also been unearthed from this region, which has been stored in a museum here. This is one spot near Varnasi that is bound to remind one of the heritage of India.
- The ghats of Varanasi: The ghats of Varanasi, even to this day have a rather interesting story to tell. These ghats are the perfect reflection of what the life of the common people is like here. Being one of the oldest continually inhabited cities, the life of the common people of Varanasi is indeed a pleasure to explore. So, do make some time to sit and observe the various activities that goes on in the ghats of Varanasi.
- The Kashi Vishwanath Temple:It is for this temple that people from far and near come to the city for pilgrimage. It is believed that Varanasi was the first earthly abode of God Shiva and hence the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most auspicious temples of the country. It is one of the 12 jyotirlingas that are found in the Indian sub-continent.
- Varanasi’s food: Your heritage trip to Varanasi will remain incomplete if you do not try out the local food here. Try out the delicious rabris, jalebis, lassi and malai, for which Varanasi is so famous.
- The narrow alleys of the city: The true heritage of the city lies in its alleys. Just take any one of the alleys beside one of the many hotels at Varanasi and keep on walking, witnessing the houses and daily life of the people. Do not forget to carry your camera with you.
Make sure that you try out these 5 places and activities if you want to completely experience the heritage that Varanasi is!