Varanasi - Top 10 must visit attractions

1. Dashashwamedh Ghat
Dashashwamedh Ghat
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Dashashwamedh Ghat is the main ghat in Varanasi on the Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh. It is located close to Vishwanath Temple and is probably the most spectacular ghat.

2. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
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Kashi Vishvanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shivatemples. 

3. Assi Ghat
Assi Ghat
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Assi Ghat is the southern most ghat in Varanasi. It is located at the confluence of Ganga and Assi rivers. In the evenings, there is an aarti at Assi ghat which attracts many tourists. 

4. Sarnath
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Sarnath is a place located 10 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dhamma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna.

5. New Vishwanath Temple
New Vishwanath Temple
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New Vishwanath Temple also known as, Birla Temple is one of the most famous temples and biggest tourist attractions in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi. The temple is situated in Benaras Hindu University and is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. 

6. Banaras Hindu University
Banaras Hindu University
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Banaras Hindu University has been a central part of Varanasi's identity since its inception in 1916. The well-respected public university is home to more than 25,000 students, making it one of Asia's largest residential universities.


7. Ramnagar Fort
Ramnagar Fort
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Ramnagar Fort is located on the eastern bank of River Ganges, in Varanasi. The 18th-century red sandstone fort was built in Mughal style by the ruler of Kashi, Maharaja Balwant Singh. It is said to be the ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras.

8. Durga Temple, Varanasi
Durga Temple, Varanasi
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Durga Mandir , also known as Durga Kund Mandir and Durga Temple, is one of the most famous temples in the holy city of Varanasi. This temple has great religious importance in Hinduism and is dedicated to the Maa Durga.

9. Manikarnika Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat
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Manikarnika Ghat is one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi and has been accorded the highest position among other ghats by the holy scriptures in Hinduism. It is believed that if a person is cremated here, he immediately attains moksha (salvation). It is bound on both sides by the Scindia Ghat and Dashashwamedh Ghat.

10. Tulsi Manas Temple
Tulsi Manas Temple
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Built-in 1964 the Tulsi Manas Mandir is one of the most famous temples in Varanasi. It is made up of white marble and the beautiful garden adds to its attractiveness. The temple has beautiful images of Lord Rama, Mother Sita, Lakshman and Lord Hanuman. The walls of this temple are adorned with verses from Ramcharitmanas, the  Hindi version of the epic Ramayana. There is a museum on the premises which has a rare collection of manuscripts of the Ramayana and other artifacts.