I can’t believe that I have visited to one of the most wonderful cities in India. Varanasi is known as the holy city of India, the city of Lord Shiva Kashi Vishwanath temple and is also one of the oldest cities in the world.
A lot of people come to Varanasi from all over the world for spiritual experience or just to see this place, it’s beautiful beyond words. There are different kinds of things you can do in the city, especially exploring its amazing temples.
The City has more than 88 Ghats (a series of steps leading down to a body of water) leading to the Ganges. They use them for performing ceremonies most of the time, and a lot of them are also used as cremation sites. Most of the Ghats here in Varanasi are built after 1700AD and a lot of Indian people take bath in the holy river.
Early morning, the alleys of old Varanasi gleam with last night's rain. One path just wide enough for two men to walk abreast leads past shops down to the holy river Ganges.
It's barely sunrise, but the alleys are already in chaos. Men jostle women, women jostle fat bullocks, bullocks narrowly avoid stepping on children. Everything is for sale – small bottles of holy Ganges water, larger bottles of branded mineral water, tiny figurines of the Lord Shiva, whose town this is. Tourists, almost invariably wearing colourful harem pants, brush shoulders with locals.
The storeowners watch the activity with lax interest, slurping tooth-rottingly sweet chai out of thimble-sized cups. When asked for directions they come to life, putting away the tea and describing the path with energetic and firm gestures. This may be the city where Hindus come to find enlightenment, but it is easy to lose your way.
Lines of Indian pilgrims walk barefoot through the alleys, drawn by occasional glimpses of the holy river. At last, the alleys fall away, and the sluggish green river appears, smooth as a sheet of glass. From here the view extends to the distant eastern bank, hazed with brown dust. This year, the monsoon rains have been below average, and the Ganges lies low and tame between the banks.
I Was ready with two plans (PlanA & B) to ensure all feasibility option for successful completion of the trip.
Plan A: Thane to Ujjan at Mahakaleswar(MP)-Khandwa at Omkareshwar(MP) Varanasi at Vishwanath(UP) Deogarh at Baijnath temple (Jharkhand)- Aurangabad-Grishneshwar(Maharashtra) for 10days Plan by train &Bus Journey.
Plan B: Thane to Varanasi- Deogarh –Varanasi -Thane.