The unique and historic ritual of art and culture of city Varanasi puts it on the map as the cultural capital of India. It enjoys a rich heritage of archeological, mythological and geographical inheritance since centuries. Being the prominent centre of the Indian pilgrimage this is the primary center of Hindu pilgrims and one can find glimpse of almost every religious institutions at Varanasi.
Varanasi City Area: 73.89 sq. km
Varanasi City Population : 1322248 (1991 census)
Altitude : 80.71 mtrs. Above sea level
Varanasi Local Transport : Buses, Cycle-rickshaws, Auto-rickshaws
Varanasi Clothing:- Summer - Cottons, Winters - Woolens
Varanasi City STD Code: 0542
Varanasi Festivals:-Maha Shivratri, Dussehra(Ram Leela), Dev Deepavali,Ganga Festival, Bharat Milap, Dhrupad Mela, Hanumat Jayanti, Nakkatyya Chetganj, Nag Nathaiya, Panch Kroshi Parikrama in Varanasi.
The beautiful land of Varanasi is known as the most beautiful and the renowned city of the India. If historians are to be believed, Varanasi became the capital city of Kashi in earlier times. Mahatma Budha has preached his first sermon in Sarnath very close to the city of Varanasi. The city is the hub of cultural, religious and artistic activities from a very long time. Being one of the oldest living cities in the world, it is a center of living and civilization for over 3000 years.
Varanasi fair & festivals
Having a rich cultural heritage, Varanasi offers its visitors an extensive range of festivals and fairs with great fun and glitter. At the banks of Ganges River, numerous festivals are organized that make the environment more festive and joyful. The fun filled extravaganza that Varanasi wraps in its kitty is exceptionally people oriented and endless. Ganges mahotsava is one of the most sought after festival in the city where a number of different rituals are performed for worshipping the great river itself. Bharat Milap in the Varanasi is very famous annual celebration celebrated in the month of October or November. The festival takes place and celebrated the day after Dussehra event in the city. This festival is celebrated in the remembrance of Rama’s return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
Varanasi Temple and Ghats
Ganges Ghats are some of the most sacred places across the India and the place has more than 100 Ghats where various birth, wedding and death rituals are performed.
Some of the prominent Ghats are:-
• Dasaswamedh Gha
• Manikarnika Ghat
• Harischandra Ghat
• Kabir Ghat
• Assi Ghat
Banaras Hindu University
The world’s highly famous university and one of the proclaimed academic institutes across the world, Banaras Hindu university is being the largest residential university in Asia with over 12000 students in its largest over premises. The university was incepted in 1916 by Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya on the land donated by kashi naresh. Spread on the land of 1350 acre of land, it has 140 teaching department and more than 55 hostels of boys and girls. Now it’s recognized as the India’s 16th IIT from academic session 2010.