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28
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Buddhism Walks
At a distance of only 10-km from the famous Hindu pilgrimage Varanasi, after attaining Enlightenment the Buddha went to Sarnath. Lord Buddha had visited Sarnath looking for his five companions who abandoned him in Rajgir while they deviated from the viewpoint of Lord Buddha on self-mortification. Here in the Deer Park, he delivered his first sermon, set in motion the Wheel of Law (Maha-Dharmachakra Pravartan). The Emperor Ashoka (c 304 - 232 BC), who spread the Buddha's message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, visited Sarnath around 234 BC, and erected a stupa here. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. The ruins, the museum and temple are all within walking distance. Attractions Dhamekha Stupa The stupa is the most impressive structure in Sarnath. Built around 500AD the excavations have revealed that some earlier construction was present at the site. The stupa is a place where one can see the devoted Buddhists circumambulating the structure, Ashoka might have built the stupa to earmark the Dharmachakrapravartana to five ascetics. Chaukhandi: The first impression of the ancient Buddhism monuments while one enters Sarnath from Varanasi, this Chaukhandi was built to mark the meet of Lord Buddha with his five companions. Todar Mal added an octagonal tower to the structure to commemorate the arrival of Emperor Akbar to the city in 1588. Asokan Pillar - This Pillar is the national emblem of India, presents a splendid representation of art during Ashoka's period, and the Asoka Wheel down the base adorns the Tricolor national flag. The pillar also records the visit of Ashoka to Sarnath. The year of his visit is said to be around mid 3rd century BC. It is interesting to note that at one time, the Ashoka Pillar of Sarnath stood over 17 meters in height. Its capital with the four lions back to back that has been adopted as the official emblem of modern India can be seen in the museum at Sarnath. If you are in Sarnath, don't miss this pillar. The Monasteries - The Buddhist temple built only in 1931, claims to have Buddha's original relics. Moreover, the temple houses some of the most interesting mural paintings depicting the story of Buddha's life. The Digambar Jain temple - Associated to Shreyanshnath, a Jain Tirthankar, this temple famous among the Jain community and good for visualizing some interesting paintings and sculptures depicting the life of Lord Mahavira.
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Aug
15
Cuisine Walks
Varanasi cuisine is definitely worth a bite while touring this city and you can enjoy gorging on some lip smacking sweet savouries or spicy treats or simple snacks along the streets and restaurants of Varanasi. The famous snow cone, roasted peanuts, the delicious chat items like Tamatar or Tomato Chat, Pani Puri, Kachoris, Aloo Tikki; Thandai or Lassi, Baati Chokha, variety of Mithais or sweets like Jalebis, Banarasi Kalakand, Rabri, etc. Another famous treat of Banaras is their Paan- almost every local will be seen savouring this speciality of Varanasi made of betel leaf and a mixture of tobacco depending on your taste and preference. Besides the traditional food in Varanasi there are a number of shops that have sprung in the recent past offering continental, western and other India delicacies as well. Savour and relish the typical Varanasi food with your family or friends
28
Aug
15
Musical Walks
The Banarasi music and dance traditions are manifested in a special local style known as the Banaras Gharana (style). Many great musicians and performing artists have been born here and still regularly return to visit and to perform for the public as their tribute to the spirit of the soil.
28
Aug
15
Photography Walks
This tour will take you the alleys where you will see the architectural design and complexity le which has a blend of both hindu and muslim style with carved balconies, open courtyard, small entrances, spiral stairs which will make 90 degree angle Best time to take this tour will be early morning during sunrise or sunset time with evening ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat.
28
Aug
15
Western City Walks
It will start entering through Kachaudi Gali which will give you the glimpse of the most narrow lanes, along with monkey jumping from one house to another, with people selling itra (perfume from flowers), silk shawls,bedsheet, tea vendors, beetle shop, barber shop along with thousand of temples. Along with that, we will be visiting Kashi Vishwanath Temple ( Golden Temple) which is the most auspicious temple of Hindus.
28
Aug
15
South City Walks
It will start with Assi Ghat which is the resting ground of the university students along with lots of foreigners who linger around here to find the peace and tranquillity. Harish Chandra Ghat is one of the two cremation Ghats (the other being Manikarnika Ghat) and is some times referred as Adi Manikarnika (the original creation ground). Hindus from distant places bring the dead bodies of their near and dear ones to the Harish Chandra Ghat for cremation. Kedareshwar of Kasi is said to be equivalent to the Kedareshwar of Himalayas. The Kasi Kedara mahatmya tells that Lord Kedareshwar kept his fifteen kalas in Kasi and he is in Kedareshwar only with his sixteenth kala. Kedareshwara appeared in Kasi from the food made up of Green gram, kept as Naivedya to him, by the king Mandhata. The Kedareshwar temple is present at Kedar ghat.

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