Also known as Durga Temple, Monkey Temple is yet another popular temple in Varanasi. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga but is recognized as a Monkey Temple, due to excessive population of monkeys around it. It is believed the presiding deity was not man-made but appeared on its own. The temple is built by a Bengali Maharani in a Nagara style of architecture. Non-Hindus are allowed to enter the courtyard of the shrine but not the inner sanctum. This temple is one of its kinds as instead of being dedicated to any god or goddess, the temple is dedicated to Bharat Mata or India (assumed as Mother). The temple is situated in Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth Campus. Inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936, the temple was an inspiration for those who were fighting the war of independence. The statue in the shrine denotes mountain, plain and ocean and the major highlight of the temple is the relief map of India carved on a marble.
Located far south, Assi Ghat is where pilgrims pay homage to Lord Shiva by worshipping a huge lingam situated under a peepal tree. This ghat is a lively space, rippling in chaos and commotion and one that vividly captures the ancientness of Kashi. Among the most famous religious places in Varanasi, Assi Ghat is a must visit. The alluring sight of the arti here makes Varanasi one of the most beautiful cities in India. More details on Jungle safari Varanasi.
Saraswati Bhawan: This is the museum located inside the Ramnagar Fort. This museum is located in the Public Audience Hall of Ram Nagar Fort. The museum holds unique collections of American vintage automobiles, ivory works, royal palanquins, medieval royal costumes, elephant saddles made of silver, Varanasi silk articles and others. The armor hall holds ancient swords, guns of Africa, old matchlocks, daggers, musical instruments and a rare astronomical clock. In addition, you can find many ancient and unique manuscripts, miniature paintings, books and much more. How to reach : You can find various styles of transportation from the airport to Dashashwamedh Ghat. You can de-board the vehicle near the market and walk to the ghat. From the ghat, hire ferryboats to reach the fort.
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.
Experience the most pure and pious prays of India at Dashashwamedh Ghat experience the wide and vivid view of the ghat while sailing on the river Ganga. Boat ride includes pickup and drops from Assi Ghat and sail to Dashashwamedh Ghat and view Ganga aarti. Time of ride is 2 hrs
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