Spirituality fills your soul when you hear or think about Varanasi. This sacred land, blessed by the holy waters of the great Ganges is indeed a spiritual headquarter for our country but there are also other places to be seen, foods to be eaten, nature to be appreciated and moreover, there is lots of fun to be felt apart from the core spirituality of this divine place.
Once you visit this sacred land, you will change your opinion and will accept that Varanasi is not only a place of radiating spirituality but also a place of natural beauty and heritage.
Here is the list of few places that you should never miss going when you pack your bags to visit Varanasi.
1. Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
Surrounded by natural rocks and hilly areas, chandrapabha wildlife sanctuary has the most beautiful flora and fauna of the entire state. This sanctuary was established in 1957. Spread widely over an area of 78 square km this sanctuary is an integral part of Vindhya forest range of chandauli. This majestic place is just 65 km away from the heart of the spiritual city. There are small waterfalls in the sanctuary which are really a beautiful site for the eyes.
Your eyes will gleam with anxiety whenever you see a rare species of a bird or an animal just passing by your side. This park is also regarded as birdwatcher’s paradise. Here one can find many rare species of birds flying high in the air by spreading their colorful wings and singing melodious songs. The climatic conditions here are pretty favorable. As there is greenery everywhere the temperatures here are usually lesser than the temperature in the city.
2. Sarnath Museum
Welcoming graciously by the beautiful green gardens in its outside free area, Sarnath museum is one of the oldest museums that have been set up the archeological survey of India. For architectural and history lovers this place proves to be a gold mine of knowledge and information. People from various parts of the world come to see this museum, which was set up by the archeological department. The museum is completely built by rocks and from the outset it gives its trademark vintage look.
Now this place is the abode for many ancient, precious idols, weapons, carvings, and paintings. All the excavations are presented in the museum in order to spread the rich heritage of this sacred place of spirituality. You will really appreciate the craftsmanship of the sculptures of those days. The antiquities displayed here are from third century B.C to twelfth century A.D.
3. Ramnagar Fort
If you are an architect or a historian, then you will shower lots of interest in this giant beauty. It is located just opposite to the Tulasi Ghat, which is on the banks of the holy Ganga. It was constructed under the ruling of Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh. Interestingly though he is not a Mughal ruler but the complete construction gives a look of the typical Mughal architecture in it and that too it was constructed with sandstone, which is also a Mughal style. It was constructed in 1750.
The fort is at a gorgeous location on the right side of the Ganges River in Varanasi. The fort also has a museum and the king’s residential palace in it. The fact is that only some part of the fort is open for the tourists to visit. Few festivals are also celebrated every year in the palace. On the other side of the palace, descendants of the King’s family live there. This fort is 14 km from Varanasi.
Rohit is an amateur traveler. He is also an architect by profession and heart. He really likes to explore the unexplored places of the world. This liking for travel has taken him to the various parts of the world. He writes his blogs in Trans India Travels.