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  • Denise D
    Tampa, FL286 contributions
    Our 2 boat rides on the Ganges River were extremely interesting. In the evening we boated up close the main cremation ground, and our guide explained to us everything that was going on. We then went back to the area where they were doing the Ganga Aarti. that was also amazing to see. Then the next morning we got up really early to go back and see the people bathing in the river. Our guide gave us a great explanation of what the river means to the Hindu people. Also walking through the old town to get to the river was an experience in itself, not to be missed.
    Written 31 January 2024
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  • Cleo M
    Fremont, CA22 contributions
    Beautifully maintained historic structures, museum etc. I liked it very much. We saw the place where Buddha started teaching his disciples.
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • Ram Gautam
    Kathmandu, Nepal971 contributions
    I feel so lucky I got a front-row sitting space even though we were late for the arati. A guy from the management team saw me with a few old fellows (my mom and my two elderly friends) so he made a sitting arrangement for all four of us, without charging a single penny, which I found amazing and was very thankful to him. The last time I was there couldn't get a sitting spot so had to skip the Arati mid-way, this time around stayed there till the end... Jay Ganga Maiya
    Written 2 February 2024
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  • Mr Phalguni B
    3 contributions
    Stayed in kasi Residency from 13-12-2023 to 14-12- 2023.
    Hotel is excellent.

    Special thanks to Mr Anurag from Front Line desk in Kasi Residency

    We have enjoyed CLASSICAL PROGRAMMES IN ASSI GHAT,
    A lifetime experience.
    Written 15 December 2023
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  • ANAND
    Kochi (Cochin), India4 contributions
    It's a unbelievable place in uttar pardesh.
    Visit with girlfriend.did full fun and all.
    Will see soon......🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏💞
    Written 30 September 2023
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  • JW
    Hong Kong, China1 contribution
    You may see lots of wonderful painting here n I finally take the best one in my mind back to Hong Kong. I should paste it on the wall near my desk. Thank you Varanasi.haaaa

    你會發現大量瓦那納西的高質畫作、我相信我會把它張貼在我的書桌上欣賞。期待你們來瓦那納西參觀一下。買張滿意的畫作。
    Written 16 February 2024
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  • Laurie P
    Princeton, NJ36 contributions
    Absolutely amazing. Not for the squeamish as this is very, very real. Bring a mask (though you'll still be breathing everybody in).

    A firm, repeated, polite 'no thank you' to those that approach saying they are volunteers at the hospice or ghat worked for us.
    Written 8 February 2024
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  • Deept G
    3 contributions
    Can someone guide me which ticket is better - sugam darshan or single shastri rudrabhishek ? i need to plan accordingly
    Written 3 January 2024
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  • srk-rk
    Hyderabad, India260 contributions
    The Vishwanath temple is inside the BHU campus. It is very calm and serene without large crowds. Temple is large and magnificent.
    Written 15 October 2023
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  • Andrea438
    Milan, Italy503 contributions
    If you have chosen a hotel overlooking the Gaths, with a suggestive evening walk along the Ghats you will arrive at the place where this Hindu ritual takes place, composed of various offerings by the officiants dedicated to one or more deities. Go in time to occupy a seat in the area overlooking the sacred area or on one of the terraces of the adjacent buildings, for a payment of one hundred rupees. Also recommended solution to have a better field of vision.
    Written 18 November 2023
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  • Anand1351
    Singapore, Singapore2,735 contributions
    Trip to Varanasi is not completed without visiting the mighty Sankat Mochan temple.
    A divine place to be and tastiest Prasad you will ever find anywhere in India.
    Spend some time there sitting and enjoying the vibes.
    Written 10 November 2023
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  • Windserve
    Mumbai, India53 contributions
    Present augmented structure built by the famous queen , Rani Bhabani of Natore (now in Rajshahi of Bangladesh). She lived an austere personal life, and built hundreds of works for the good of her subjects. To Varanasi , she gave this Temple. The red color is most auspicious and associated with Goddess Durga, who is the warrior form of the spouse of Lord Shiva. The worship of Shiva and Parvati is Shaktism and all the lands east of this were under its sway. Originally dating from very ancient times, this is an important Temple of Durga who is also mentioned as the Adi Parashakti or Supreme formless monotheistic Power transcending all Gods and Matter- everything in the spiritiual and material world, past, present and future. One meditating on this from heart and achieving a spiritual liberation is free of all bonds.
    The Temple has a fire-altar and beautiful image of Durga. Temple images are imbued with the spirit of the God, and in the case of Durga we must meditate on her transcendental form of pure power too, after seeing/worshipping the image. The Temple is in a ancient North India style called Nagara which started from Kushan times and is different from South Indian style.. (The color also reminiscent of brick color or terracotta used in Bengal.).Quarters for residence of priests household.
    Written 7 January 2020
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