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Flights to Varanasi

Flight to Varanasi

Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. It is also known as Benares or Kashi and is situated on the west banks of the Ganges. Mythological legends suggest the city to have been established almost 5000 years ago by Lord Shiva. The place is an ideal holiday destination for those interested in getting an insight into Hindu beliefs, customs and cultures.

Overview

The city of Varanasi is a heritage city exceptionally popular for its temples and religious significance. Famous as the ‘spiritual capital of India’, the best time to visit the city is during the Mahashivratri festival held in February. Each festival in Varanasi is celebrated with great pomp and show and gives the tourists a chance to explore the culture of the region from proximity. All the flights to Varanasi land at the Varanasi airport which is one of the most important airports in the state. The city experiences humid subtropical climate with dry summers from April till June, heavy monsoon season from July to October and chilling winters from November to March.

City Attractions

The ghat in the old part of Varanasi is the main attraction where pilgrims come to pay their reverence and perform the last rites of their relatives. The Kashi Vishwanath temple is the largest and most popular temple tourists should not miss on their trip to Varanasi. New Vishwanath temple, Panchganga ghat, Hanuman ghat and Asi Ghat are important places from the religious perspective. If you are interested in the heritage of Varanasi then go to Ramnagar Fort, Jantar Mantar and Ramnagar museum.

Varanasi is very close to some of the major cities in India and regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore are available. 

Eating & Shopping

The streets of Varanasi are filled with small eateries and restaurant serving varieties of food items. There are numerous ‘thelas’ selling yummy chats and street food like crisp Khasta Kachoris dipped in delicious aloo matar curry along with spicy Papdi chaats and other mouth watering snacks. Gajak (sweet made of sesame) is a popular item tourists should buy here.

Varanasi is very famous for its silk weaving industry and the Banarsi saree is an inevitable part of any bride’s wedding trousseau. Brassware, copperware, wooden and clay toys and exquisite gold jewellery are some of the other crafts that the city is famous for. Major shopping destinations in Varanasi are Chowk, Vishwanath Gali, Thatheri bazaar, Lahurabir, Godoulia , Dashswamedh Gali and Golghar.

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