Best tourist places near Varanasi Uttar Pradesh India
Tourist Places Near Varanasi
In ancient times, the city was known as Prayag (place of the confluences). According to Hindu religious texts, it is believed to be the where Brahma, the Hindu Creator of the Universe, attended a sacrificial ritual.
Prayag is birth place of Som, Varuna and Prjapati. Prayag has been associated with mythological personalites in Brahmanical(Vedic) and Buddhist Literatures. It was the seat of the great sge Bhardwaj, sage Durvasa and Sage Pannas sage Bhardwaj lived here circa 5000BC anf taught more than 10000 disciples. He was the greatest philospher of ancient world.
"Bodh Gaya is the place where Lord Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. It is a place which should be visited or seen by a person of devotion and which would cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence".
Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha-to-be, had been dwelling on the banks of the Nairanjana River with five ascetic followers for six years practicing austerities. Realising that austerities could not lead to realisation he abandoned them. His five ascetic companions disgusted at his seeming failure, deserted him and left for Sarnath.
Kushinagar is the place where Lord Buddha had attained Mahaparinirvana. ( the freedom from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth), on his way from Rajgir to Sravasti. This is also the place where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon and said, that all composite things decay.
It is a major buddhist pilgimage destination. It was the capital of the kingdom of the Mallas, one of the 16 Janapadas during the ancient period. For a long time Kushinagar remained lost in the jungles and was unknown to the world till 19th century when the British rediscovered it in 1880.
Mirzapur is famous for Vindhyavasini Devi Temple and its ancient rock paintings of Paleolithic age. It is also famous stone and marble industry with busy markets of carved items.
Another tourist site near Varanasi is Chunar which is famous for its ancient heritage and legacy of pottery art. Here you can find outdates potter’s wheel rare to be found nowadays. Beautifully carved mud shapes and other pottery are normal sights here.
Chitrakoot is famous Hindu pilgrimage associated with Ramayana age where lord Rama along with brother lakshman and wife sita stayed during his exile of 14 years.
Bhadohi is famous for its world famous carpet industry. It is a place wherefrom cuddly cushions and carpets are exported to western countries.