Chunar Fort is located on the banks of River Ganga. You can either visit this fort by taking a boat from Varanasi or taking a train till Chunar from Mirzapur or Banaras itself. The fort has amazing views of sunrise and sunset. You can also glimpse fresh water Dolphins and Turtles. Chunar Fort is the fabled fort from the popular 90s series Chandrakanta.
Vijaygarh Fort is about 20 km away from Chunar. This fort is known for the network of channels harnessing fresh water from Ganga. Because of this technique, the water in the fort doesn’t dry.
Like Sidhnath Dari, Lakhaniya Dari is an untouched spot that is only known to the locals. This beautiful waterfall is not as huge and grand as Sidhnath Dari but the sheer greenery surrounding this region is simply breath taking. During monsoon, the intensity of the waterfall rises and so does the greenery around the place. The winters are the perfect time to hike in this area.
Mirzapur is a perfect destination for those who wish to escape the crowd of Varanasi and have a more natural and spiritual experience. Other known places around this place are the Ghanta Ghar that was constructed in 1891, the ancient Ojhala Bridge and Punjyala River.
How to travel – Mirzapur is located between Banaras and Allahabad. Regular buses ply between these locations and can be reached in an hour from Varanasi. One can also take a train from Allahabad or Varanasi and get down at Mirzapur station.
Where to stay – You can either find a hotel in Mirzapur or travel till Vindhyachal to spend your time away from the crowd. The hotels of Vindhyachal are slightly on the higher side of the budget.