Varanasi Itinerary

Gather at Sanskrit University

Sampurnanand Sanskrit University was established in the year 1791 in order to make the education process easy and affordable for the common public. It is one of the best Asian institutions which has been established years ago for getting the advanced education and study of the Sanskrit language and other associated fields. In the starting, it was only a Sanskrit College which was converted into the Sanskrit University in the year 1958 by the endeavors of the Dr. Sampurnanand. It was renamed as Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in the year 1974 behind the name of the Dr. Sampurnanand.
After this catch a rickshaw and go through the city and get on at Kabir Chura Hospital and walk into

Spice Market (Gola Dinanath)

Gola Dinanath Market, which is believed to be the biggest kirana (grocery) market of Asia, sells more than 20,000 varieties of jadi bootis (medicinal herbs) and caters to customers from the entire northern region of the country.
Medicinal herbs which can cure diabetes, blood pressure, stomach problems, skin diseases, heart troubles through Ayurvedic and Unani therapy are available in the market.
“Herbs like Gudmar, Chiraita, Murali, Sanai ki Patti, Sanjeevani Booti, Arjun ki Chhal are effective in curing different ailments and available in the market. It is mainly because of the fact that Varanasi was home to hundreds of Unani and Ayurvedic practitioners years ago. Although the ancient medicines have taken a back seat in the times of modern medicines, the market has not yet given up to the modern ways and is catering to Ayurvedic practitioners from across northern India, said Shiv Kumar, a trader.
After this get into a new market ….

Thathery Bazaar (Brass/Iron Market)

The name ‘Thathery Bazaar’ was derived from a community ‘Thatheras’, known for the craft of making utensils especially of brass and who lived in that area for nearly 500 years. They were responsible for popularising the area as ‘Thathero ki gullie’.
After this get onto main road of Bulanala and proceed to Chowk and then to

Perfume Market

The biggest market of Purvanchal, Dalmandi is doing brisk business and have been flocking the market, which also happens to be the biggest market of perfume in the temple town. These traditional perfumes are not only considered as great gifting options, but devotees are very fond of applying the itra during eid and ramadan celebrations.
Keep on moving and enter later to Kachori Gali.

Kachori Gali

Dotted with weathered, blackened cauldrons bubbling with hot oil, Varanasi’s Kachauri Gali is one of the city’s main landmarks near the ghats. This is where the famous kachauris are fried and served fresh with chana and imli chutney. Locate to some very famous shops to see the method to cook these all, beat the rush and dig into the hot fried Kachauris. There are other famous snacks dishes are sold in these Gallis.

Vishwanath Gali

Vishwanath Gali in Varanasi is the way to Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located in the Vishwanath Gali and one who want to go to the temple he can go through the Vishwanath Gali. Vishwanath Gali is very popular gali of the Varanasi and famous for ladies corner, shops for the pooja goods and sweets.
Proceed through Nepali Khapda Gali to Nepali Temple

Nepali Temple

Nepali Mandir is one of the oldest and most famous temples in the holy city of Varanasi. This temple has great religious importance in Hinduism and is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. Constructed in the 19th century A.D by the King of Nepal, the temple is made of terracotta, stone and wood and is replica of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu.
Later get onto river steps and proceed to Man Singh Observatory.

Man Singh Observatory

Man Mahal situated on the western bank of river Ganga just adjacent to the famous Dashashvamedh ghat at Varanasi is a beautiful example of Mughal-Rajput architecture with stone balconied windows and painted ceiling. It is famous especially for its masonry observatory. The palace was built in around 1600 A.D. Entrances for foreign nationals are INR 100 per person.
Later by lanes and through old market of Vishwanath road go to Gowdowlia crossing and take your car/rickshaw to get back to your place.

1: ST. Thomas Church

Also known as Girja Ghar to the locals of Varanasi, St. Thomas Church belongs to the Protestant Church of North India denomination. It does look a bit out-of-place in a city built by Shiva with strong associations to Hinduism. Most first-time travelers to the city stop at this crossing because auto rickshaws or any vehicle won’t take them any further into the labyrinth of the Old City. Painted in hues of yellow, the architecture is built in typical European style with its main spire soaring into the sky with a cross atop it.
Get along to the road towards the next intersection to move forward for Sonarpura. Catch a rickshaw to proceed further.

2: Local Markets – A Stop at Silk Manufacturing Factory:

Explore local markets located at your both sides. You will notice different small shops having variety of different things with them. An incredible and colorful market where everything can be found used in daily life. On way stop at a Silk Manufacturing Factory. Silk weaving is the dominant manufacturing industry in Varanasi. See the process of making Saris.

3: Kedareshwar Temple

Kedareshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is a river temple situated right on the banks of the Ganga at the top of Kedar Ghat. The stone Shiva lingam is said to have been appeared naturally and a visit to this temple is believed to give one the fruits of a visit to the great Kedareshvara Temple at Himalayas. Kedareshwar temple is present on the banks of Ganga on Kedar Ghat and the Shivalinga is replica of Kedarnath Shivalinga located in Himalaya.

4. Kedar Ghat

The Ghats or banks along River Ganges is the most active place in Varanasi. There are over hundred Ghats in the city and each Ghat has its own history and distinctiveness. One Such famous Ghat is Kedar Ghat. This brightly colored Ghat is mostly popular for bathing as it has the best view of Sunset and sunrise. Daily rituals of people are seen mostly on this Ghat only.

5. Parvati Kund (Sacred Well)

Parvati Kund is located very near to this Ghat. This Kund is said to have medicinal properties and can heal many diseases.

6. Walk past visits

Walk along the streets and get through Sri Sringeri Shankar Math, Chimneshwar Temple, Shitla Ghat and a stop to have some snacks at a local Restaurant.

7. Kashi Vishwanath Temple

The Kashi Vishwanath temple of Varanasi is one of the holiest and most venerated temples of India. This temple has been a living picture of the timeless cultural traditions and highest spiritual values. In Hindu religion it is believed that a simple glimpse of the Jyotirlinga is a soul-cleansing experience that transforms life and puts it on the path of knowledge and Bhakti (devotion).

Later be accompanied with an ESG already waiting at Ghat to witness evening aarti ceremony.

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