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Varanasi, one of the holiest Hindu cities in India, is a place for every traveler to see and experience. The City of Light is one of the most fascinating places on earth for visitors and pilgrims to watch the religious ceremonies taking place in the Ganges River. Besides the rituals, visitors flock to this holy land just to experience the magical and vibrant culture that the city has to offer. Discover more things to do in Varanasi below!

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Located in the Benaras Hindu University campus, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of India’s most famous Hindu temples. This sacred temple is part of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India, the holiest of the Shiva Temples. Also known as the Golden Temple for its gold spires, the architectural design has inspired many other Hindu temples across India to replicate the design . Strict security is implemented around the complex, thus visitors are required to stash their belongings in a rental locker nearby.
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Dashashwamedh Ghat

With the lively and vibrant atmosphere, the Dashashwamedh Ghat is perhaps one of the best places to visit in Varanasi. Located along the banks of the Ganges River and near Vishwanath temple, this tourist attraction is a hodgepodge of flower vendors, boat operators, and sadhus (holy men) with face paint. Don’t miss to see the Ganga Aatri, a ritual prayer where Hindu priests spread out flower petals and blow on a conch shell to signal the start of the holy ceremony.
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Manikarnika Ghat

Smoke rises out to the sky at the Manikarnika Ghat, and it’s not from incense but from the many cremations that happen here every day. This place is considered one of the holiest cremation grounds along the Ganges river. Tours are available but it’s not for the faint of heart as the rituals tackle the realities of death and many bodies of the departed are laid around. However, you can still experience this occurrence from afar while on a boat tour on the river.
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Ramnagar Fort

Ramnagar Fort is an 18th-century sandstone fort built by the Maharaja of Benares. Although no longer used as a defense structure, there is an interesting and eccentric museum within the fort’s complex. The museum houses vintage American cars, elaborate hookahs, antique swords, guns and pistols, jewels, and a 150-year-old astronomical clock. Make sure to visit the nextdoor temple which honors Veda Vyasa, a perfect place to catch the sun set over the Ganges River.
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