Things to Do in Varanasi
1. Old Varanasi Walks
These are the best part of being in Benaras. Themed walks or a casual walk in the early morning or evening is something which you will carry till the last days of your life. Its unique and contemporary.
2. Widow Ashrams
Widow ashrams are not something to admire or pity on. But, if you are thoughtful types, then it’s something to ponder upon. Be here to see how despite of being in 21st century, how the lives of widows of Benaras are laid back by years.
3. Moksha Bhawan or Mumukshu Bhawan
Moksha Bhawan or Salvation Home is where people have been living for decades awaiting their death – some even for 17 years! Other is Mukti Bhawan which is free for poors and charges only Rs 20/- per month who can pay.
4. Benaras Hindu University
It’s the destination where people come to learn Hindu shastras and Sanskrit literature. Take one of those groovy BHU tours which is not only enriched with ancient Indian studies but also culture thriving here in every single chant which is chanted here.
5. Princep Bar
In addition to all those Ghats of Varanasi calls for; Princep Bar is a art dweller’s place. It’s a place which not sells beer but also has a cool collection of Varanasi’s ghats and temples hand- made paintings. Interested?
6. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Also known as Golden Temple, it’s the living adobe of Hindu Lord Shiva and his better – half Mata Parvati. However, it’s open only for Hindus.
7. Ramnagar Fort
Constructed in the 18th century, Ramnagar fort calls for people from all over the world. Built in redstone, it used to be the official residence of Maharajah of Benaras.
8. Jantar Mantar
Just like the one in Jaipur, this observatory was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur in 1737. Just a flight of stairs from Manikarnika Ghat and you are there. Be here in the early hours to get a fantastic view of river ganges from terrace of Jantar Mantar.