A city by the river, Assi, Banaras has a magical otherworldly charm. Travelers from India and abroad find their way to its divine ghats. A canvas of colors opens up as you descend the steps to the river bank. Saffron clad sadhus, naked Naga ascetics, devout pilgrims, hippies, travelers, photographers, all find something of their taste on the steps to Assi.
Apart from the spectacular evening rituals by the ghat, with a thousand lamps and hundreds of priests who chants render the air with a mystical voice, there are many other things that you should not miss in Banaras.
Coracle Rides In The Ganga
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This is one of the best ways to enjoy the city landscape. From the river, the panorama opens up wide. This is also a great way to take pictures and portraits of the city. If you can manage to befriend a boatman, then you will also be entertained with local stories of how the river treats the residents. It is ideal to time this ride in the morning when you can enjoy the sunrise against the glowing river.
Spending A Dusk At Reva Ghat
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Very few travelers know about this, but the Reva Ghat turns into a festival of dance and music in the evenings. Local and acclaimed performers put up shows every evening. If you are done with the evening rituals at Assi Ghat, you can head here to immerse in the colorful culture.
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The narrow lanes in the interiors of Banaras hold many other treasures. Thousands of silk weavers have set up karkhanas in Lallapura. You can walk into any workshop, and see the artisans working at their art. You should be able to see the special craft of Tana-Bana, the warp and weft designs, special to Banaras.
The Enchantments Of The Old City
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Many travelers and photographers will find a special thrill in walking through the old lanes of the city that was. Many houses still have the wooden frame doors that remind one of the antiquities of this city. A few of the remaining old doors of Banaras also known as ‘Pathar ka Darwaja’ be seen in Pucca Mohal as well as in localities like Machhodari, Dashaswamedh, Bengali Tola, Shivala, and Kedarghat. The doors were carved out of a single log of wood and the frames of the doors were made of stone.
The Sumptuous Cuisine With Bhang
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You might have to dedicate a special day to try the local food. As you might not be able to cover much else after a glass of bhang. The popular breakfast in Banaras is Poori with Aloo Rassa at Ram Bhandar chowk and Madhur Milan. There are plenty of places where you can find this special lassi called ‘Bhang Lassi or Thandai’.
So, if you want to time travel or explore some Indian culture, head to Banaras and don’t miss out on these top five experiences.