Holidays in Varanasi

Nalanda was once reckoned to be the most prestigious centre of learning in India. Situated at a distance of 355kms from Varanasi, Nalanda in Bihar definitely deserves a visit. The Buddhist University established here in Nalanda is believed to had been established around 5th century AD and had 5000 students both domestic and foreign. There were over nine million manuscripts in its library. It is also believed that Buddha visited and stayed here in Nalanda quite often. Despite its vandalization by Turkish invader Bakhtiar Khalji, this university still conveys a distinct impression of the serene and disciplined life of contemplation and learning that once prevailed here. Nalanda’s temple; Votive Stupas (they have several images of standing Boddhisattavas and seated Buddha); Monk’s cells, monasteries and Dado panel from Temple 2 are the major attractions here.

No doubt Varanasi is full of the innumerable ghats, but the Panchganga Ghat surely stands out. Believed to be the mythical meeting place of five sacred rivers, this place has images of the five goddesses namely Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Dhutpapa, and Kirana. A lot of travelers stop by here to seek blessings and soak up some peaceful vibes of the place. extra info on Varanasi water sports.

Located on the farther southern side of the river, this ghat is specifically chosen by tourists to worship Lord Shiva. Thus, it goes without saying that this ghat becomes very grand during any festival pertaining to Lord Shiva. It is a lively spot famous among tourists and pilgrims. Ganga Arti is performed in this ghat too. This is one of the biggest ghats of the region. The ghat is 27 km away from the airport. You can find cabs, autos and other road transportation’s to reach up to the Cantt bus station and hire rickshaw to reach Assi. You can also find e-rickshaw, auto and taxi from the bus stand to the ghat. The bus stand is just ten minutes away from the airport. If you do not have heavy luggage, you can walk to the bus stand.

In an effort to promote tourism, Varanasi has started a 5-star luxury tourist cruise at Khidkiya Ghat, on September 2. The vessel named Alaknanda, is the first ever luxury cruise that will ferry passengers around all the 84 ghats. The 30-metre long double-decked modern liner, can ferry up to 110 passengers. The service is started by Varanasi-based start-up venture Nordic Cruiseline.

Enjoy the soft slams on river Ganga with a vivid view of Assi ghat beside. Follow up the speedboats slide over the river Ganga river. Forget the peaks and valleys of your life and refresh up your mood with the ups and downs of the Bumpy ride. Enjoy the splashes and sprinkles of the holy water of Ganga.

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