" Benaras is older than history, older than tradition,older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together "
- Mark Twain
Benaras - Kashi- varanasi
The beauty of Kashi is that this the place where people all around travel to die. There are so many mythology, spiritual, scientific things that holds the Kashi.
People believe that they can be free from the cycle of rebirth if they die in Kashi or if there ashes are been dissolved in the holy water of Ganga.
I would like to share my experience in Varanasi
My first day of Benaras
When I departed from the railway station I decided to take a walk through the city to the temple ... I felt surprising...to be very frank it didn't match to the place which I had already imagined in my head by reading all those about Kashi and those videos that I had watched
It's not like what you have seen in all those videos... it's a very well developed city...I could see tall buildings, IT parks, malls,5 Star hotels, colleges and universities... the roads were too good and it just looked like a metropolitan city... I'm not wrong it's... but later I realized all those videos and other things I have read are all only about the temples but why don't they talk about these too... I have always heard people saying varanasi.. it's too dirty...and peoples here are always splitting paan masalas....
How can anyone say like so... because they have only visited the temples in Varanasi and they are assuming everything will be like so...
When I reached the temple i just checked in one of the hostel near by . The room where cheaper than I imagined it was just 150/night..I was given a bed in a 8 sharing domentry and was also given a locker you wouldn't believe it's a AC room
So it was Monday.... Shiva day... people all over India come Yatra to varanasi. The Vishwanath temple is the core of Kashi. People have been travelling there from across the world for thousands of years.
Every Yatriga prefer Monday to visit Kashi visvanath so it's always rush on Mondays.... but visiting temple from 2-4 is always a good time because there won't be much rush. It would just take about 15-20 mintus for the darshan. Or else you need to stand in the queue for about 2-3 hours for the darshan, but special darshan tickets are also available it costs around 300 rupees.
The Vishwanath temple is covered by many number of shops and the place is called as Vishwanatha gali. Gali is nothing but street. you are not allowed to take any type of digital products inside the temple so it's good to leave all those in the room. If not you can also leave them in any shops around the temple, they don't charge for them but you have to buy something in the shop.