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Varanasi Tourism Guide to Varanasi Festivals, Ghats Tours

Varanasi Tourism Guide to Varanasi Festivals, Ghats Tours

Varanasi Tourism Monkeys On Rooftops Of Veranasi

Tourism serves a different purpose here in Varanasi in comparison to many cities of India. While most attract people to its wildlife, elephant rides and beaches, Varanasi is has more of a spiritual following.

The ghats form the majority of Varanasi’s attraction that spill into the famous River Ganges. There are over a hundred ghats with their following of temples that create the axis on which the city encircles. What is fascinating about the river is that the scene varies from sunrise to sunset making it a place one can come back to at many different times and have a unique experience each time.

The ghats that plunge into the river are well formed steps that are usually sandwiched between small temples. For a long time Hindu’s have considered bathing in the ghats of Varanasi something that will give them good luck, so for centuries, and still to this day, Hindu’s from all over India pilgrimage here to experience this effect.

For the international tourist, viewing this tradition has often been a trip highlight while the festivals also bring to life the culture. Kartik Purnima is a November festival where you can enjoy the thousands of glowing lamps that blanket the ghats, a truly unforgettable sight.

Another Varanasi tourist adventure is visiting the many spiritual temples. The temples mainly stand in attention beside the ghats and vary from very small to larger, more important temples. Some temples worth finding are the Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple and the new Vishwanath Temple.

To enjoy the Varanasi tourism, make sure you travel during the more comfortable seasons when it isn’t scorching hot or wet. Varanasi is located in close proximity to the Tropic of Cancer therefore November to February can become quite hot and humid. However between October and November and again between February and March is the most comfortable climate wise for travel. The monsoon rains usually start by late June which brings a constant torrent of rain to the city making travelling very difficult. Also during this period the humidity spikes making it all the more uncomfortable. However by late September the rains are leaving and tourists flock to the city. Right after the monsoon rains is the perfect time to view the waterfalls in and around the area as they will be at their fullest and most spectacular.