Welcome To Varanasi
Varanasi, located on the banks of River Ganga is an ancient city in India. Also known as Kashi, Varanasi is dotted with numerous ghats in the city. These ghats occupy great importance and are considered to be sacred and holy by the Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. The Varanasi ghat upholds the cultural richness of the country. This religious center is visited by large number of tourists from all over the country.
The Varanasi ghats remain overflowing with pilgrims through out the year. It is considered to be a sacred act to take holy dip in the holy Ganges. It is said that taking holy dip in the holy Ganges will make you free from all his sins and wrong doing. People offer their prayers at the ghat to the rising sun. There are more than 100 ghats, which are located along the River Ganges. The ghats have their individual significance.
Best Time To Visit
The Sacred city of Varanasi is one of the major pilgrimage destinations among the Hindus and the Buddhists.On the banks of the river Ganga, this ancient city exhibits its eccentric traits through the rituals and the culture. It witnesses an inflow of a large number of visitors throughout the year. Seated on the northern belt of India, Varanasi experiences the extreme weather conditions, marked by very hot summers and chilly winters.Even though it might get nippy in the peak months, the best time to visit is with the onset of winter.
- Varanasi during summer – From April till June
The summers are dry, sunny and humid with the temperature ranging from 32 to 46 degrees Celsius. People usually avoid traveling to Varanasi around this time; especially in the months of May and June as they are considered the hottest. Hot dry winds called ‘loo’ blow across the area, making it harder for the purpose of sightseeing. This season receives occasional showers too. Walking along the Panchganga Ghat (believed to be the confluence point of the five invisible rivers) in the evening is refreshing.
- Varanasi during Monsoon – From July till September
Varanasi, with the onset of monsoon experiences the fall in temperature, and the real beauty of the city come in front in its drenched state. The monsoon in Varanasi is accompanied by heat, humidity and moderate rainfalls. It is a bit difficult to travel around this time, but the tourists are attracted to the freshness and beauty of the place.
- Varanasi during winter – From November till March
You can make the most of your trip to Varanasi by visiting around the winter season, the temperature ranges from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius. The boat rides on the Ganga, visiting the different temples and exploring the vibrant city is made double fun if done in the winter season. Some great festivals of the country fall around this time and take the pleasure in the customs and rituals of the locals.
Some of the major Varanasi ghats, which are largely visited by the pilgrims and visitors, are the following:
- Dasaswamedh Ghat: This is one of the oldest and the popular ghats of Varanasi. It literally means the ghat of ten sacrificed horses. Thousands of pilgrims visit this ghat, but still the ghat is kept clean and dirt free. Aarti in the evening is the special attraction of this ghat.
- Manikarnika Ghat: This ghat is the most sanctified ghats of Varanasi. This ghat is the place, where cremation takes place. It is a popular belief that if you are burned at this ghat after your death, your soul will be liberated.
- Assi Ghat: This ghat is situated at the conjecture point of the river Ganges and Assi. This southernmost ghat of Varanasi is visited by the pilgrims to pay homage to Lord Shiva under a peepal tree. If you are visiting this ghat during Chaitya and Magh, take a holy dip in the river.
- Harish Chandra Ghat: Considered to be one of the pilgrimage and religious sites, this ghat is the cremation ghat of Varanasi. This old ghat is also referred to as the Adi Manikarnika ghat.
There are several other ghats, which are equally important and significant. Tulsi Ghat is largely visited to perform the holy rites and rituals by the Hindus.