Tourism to Varanasi
About the city
You might have heard the name of this city many times because Varanasi is a popular tourism attraction in the Uttar Pradesh state. The city covers the area of about 73.89 sq. km. with the population of 3147927 (as per 2001 census). It is situated at 80.71 metres above the sea level. The major spoken languages in the city are Hindi, English and Bhojpuri. Many pilgrims visit to this place by walking on the foot. The city is popular also known as "The Luminous One' or the 'City of Light'. The city is considered as Light in Hindu philosophy. Read more about the tourist information in the city below.
Places of Interest
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple – The temple is also known as the Golden Temple and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the temple, the foreigners are restricted to enter.
Vishwanatha khanda – It is a very old city in the Varanasi city. It is situated between Dashashwamedha Ghat and Godaulia to the south and west.
Panchganga Ghat to Adi Keshva Ghat
Scindia Ghat – It is a very popular tourism attraction in the city.
The other popular attractions in the Varanasi city are Chauki Ghat to
chausathi Ghat, Dashashwamedha Ghat, Asi Ghat to Kedara Ghat, River Front (Ghats), Dashashwamedha Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat to Lalita Ghat, etc.
How to reach the city
Air - The nearest airport is Babatpur, 22 km from Varanasi and 30 Km from Sarnath.
Road - Varanasi, on NH 2 from Calcutta to Delhi, NH 7 to Kanya Kumari and NH 29 to Gorakhpur is well connected to the rest of the country by good motorable roads. some of the major road distances are : Agra - 565 km, Allahabad - 128 km, Bhopal - 791 km, Bodhgaya - 240 km, Kanpur - 330 km, Khajuraho - 405 km, Lucknow - 286, Patna - 246 km, Sarnath - 10 Km.
Rail - Some important trains are: Rajdhani Exp (Hawrah-Mughal Sarai - New Delhi); Toofan Exp (Howrah-Mughal Sarai - Delhi); North East Superfast Exp (Delhi-Mughal Sarai Guwahati) Magadh Exp (Delhi-Mughal Sarai Patna); Mahanagari Exp (Varanasi-Mumbai); Pawan Exp (Muzaffarpur/ Darbhanga-Mumbai); Sabarmati Exp (Varanasi - Ahmedabad); Ganga Kaveri Exp (Chhapra - Chennai); Poorwa Exp (Howrah - Varanasi - Delhi) Himgiri Exp (Jammu-Varanasi - Howrah) ; Sealdah Exp (Varanasi - Jammu Tawi).
Popular tourists restaurants in the city
Shyamal Vatika, Lanka.
Kerela Cafe, Bhelupur Chauraha.
Mandarin Restaurant, Lahurabir.
Shahi Restaurant, near Rathyatra Crossing.
Yelchico Bar & Restaurant, Sigra.
Amrapali, Hotel Clarks, The mall, Varanasi. Ph : (0542)2501011
Ashiyana Restaurant , Varuna Bridge , Clark Road. Ph : (0542) 2503764
Mc Donald; IP Mall Sigra JHV Mall , Cantt.
Haveli Restaurant, The Mall, Cantt.
Berger King , Nadesar, Varanasi.
UP Government Tourist Office, Urban Haat, Sanskritik Sankul, Maqbool Alam Road, Chowka Ghat, Varanasi. Telefax : (0542) 2505033
UP Government Tourist Information Counter, Cantt. Railway Station, Varanasi, Near Enquiry Office, Main Hall. Ph : 2506670
Modern Reception Centre, Sarnath
Government of India Tourist Office, 15 B The Mall, Cantt, Varanasi. Ph : 2501784
Government of India Tourist Information Counter, Babatpur Airport.
Bihar State Tourist Office, Englishiya Market, Sher Shah Suri Marg, Cantt. Telefax : 2223821
Other useful tourists information
The other popular tourists attraction near the city are Chunar (40 km from Varanasi), Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary (70 km from Varanasi), Vindhyachal (75 km from city), Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary (130 km away), Rock Paintings in Mirzapur and Fossil Park, Salkhan, Sonbhadra.