Varanasi is one of the ancient cities in India, swarming with Hindu pilgrims who desire to have a dip in the Holy Ganges and cremate their dead near the ghats of the riverbanks. One of the main attractions of this spiritual city is the amazing stretch of embankment along the river Ganges, which includes more than 85 ghats.
Tourists revel in the colourful atmosphere of the city; soaking in the religious customs, the serenity of the temples, the shopping craze in the busy galis (roadside stores), the activities near the majestic ghats and the lull of the gently flowing river Ganges.
Let us explore and discover 3 must do things in Varanasi
1 – Shopping in Varanasi
Varanasi is famous for Banarasi Silk Saree , the favourite attire of Indian women and one of the most famous articles which you must have on your shopping list.
The busy Varanasi market road also houses numerous handicraft stores, creative silk craft outlets, traditional sari shops and artistic jewellery stores. The galis are noisy, smelling of food, grimy and full of people and wandering cows, and such an experience is real, exciting and enlivening for the millions of travellers visiting this magical place. Jagdish Das & Co. (JDS, Varanasi) is one of such biggest banarasi sarees shop in Varanasi. Please visit the shop to enjoy the pleasure of full customer service, where customer are treated as a God and also enjoy traditional method of buying a saree and discover the various latest as well as traditional and beautiful designs and creations of Banarasi sarees.
2 – Visiting the Temples & Subah-e-Banaras or Morning at Varanasi
There are large number of temples and holy shrines in and around the river Ganges. The Vishwanath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the must see places in Varanasi. Built during the 17th century; this beautiful temple is adorned by a huge dome and 800 kg. of solid gold plating all over the walls of the tower.
A cultural programme by the name of Subah-e-Banaras is a new initiative by the locals at Assi Ghat which starts early morning about 06:00 am.The programme starts with Ganga Aarti, followed by cultural programmes and also Vedic Havan .Travellers can thereafter take boat form there to view the sunrise.
The Ghats along the River Ganga in Varanasi is the most charming sight in the holy city. Strolling along the Ghats at sunset hours is an unrivalled experience. Exploring the Ghats is one of the best things to do in Varanasi. The city has almost a hundred Ghats, the steps of each leading to waters of River Ganges. These are bathing Ghats, praying Ghats and cremation sites for Hindus from all over the world.
3 – Go for a Sightseeing Tour of Sarnath
Sarnath is located just 12 km the holy city of Varanasi. The holy site of Sarnath is popular because this is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma after his enlightenment. One of the four holy Buddhist sites, the relics of the area draw visitors in huge numbers.
Having faced destruction at the hands of Turks, there are some fascinating ruins to explore. The Dharmekh Stupa is impressive. Dating around 200 BC the pillar is 128 feet high, and 93 in diameter. Mulagandhakuti Vihara mark the place where the Buddha spent his first rainy season in meditation. The Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath has some interesting carvings. Six national temples have been built by various Asian communities, including a Tibetan temple and Sri Lankan temple. The Archaeological museum of Sarnath is worth exploring as there are treasures housed here.