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Heritage tours of Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi is among the most loved destinations for plethora of devotees and common tourists, who throng here in hundreds and thousands every year. The ghats or embankments beside the river Ganga are the prime heritage attractions of Varanasi, and consequently the heritage tours of Varanasi should primarily include the tour of the ghats.

These embankments present a microcosm of the life of Varanasi at its busiest best, and they can be best explored with the help of boat rides, which are readily available. Here you can spot the pilgrims offering prayers in the dawn to the Almighty, and witness the sacred pujas and rituals. However, as the morning matures, the clamour of business, spearheaded by pandas, masseurs, boatmen and many others, pervade the atmosphere. In short, from the ghats of Varanasi, you can vividly observe the spirituality and materialism of life.

The heritage tours of Varanasi also include visiting the various temples, which are found in plenty here. You can visit the Bharat Mata Temple, the Durga Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and also the Alamgir Mosque. All of these reflect the rich cultural heritage of the city. The Bharat Mata Temple is a unique temple which is an essential part of the heritage of Varanasi. It is the only temple in India, which is dedicated to the nation.

The Banaras Hindu University should be an important stopover in your heritage tours of Varanasi. This university was established by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, in 1917. It is the largest residential university in Asia. It is a very esteemed educational institution and its sprawling campus is definitely worth going through. The tours of BHU must include a round of the famous Bharat Kala Bhavan which exhibits many beautiful paintings and scriptures, which can give you unusual insights about our rich heritage.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/16