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The Kaashi Vishwanath Temple: Brief history and significance
Varanasi, one of Hinduism’s holy cities, is home to the revered Kashi Vishwanath Temple. This temple has been an integral part of practicing the Saiva philosophy for a very long time. It is famous for its gold-plated domes and spires and its Nandi Bull statue.
Destroyed and rebuilt a number of times, the present structure stands near the original temple site. Hindus from around the world try to visit the temple at least once in their lifetime – the belief being that the temple darshan and a dip in the Ganges will lead a devotee to Moksha.
The temple opens at 2.30 AM every day. There are 5 Aartis that are conducted in the Kashi Vishwanath Temple daily.
- Mangala Aarti: 3 AM – 4 AM
- Bhoga Aarti: 11.15 AM – 12.20 PM
- Sandhya Aarti: 7.00 PM – 8.15 PM
- Shringara Aarti: 9.00 PM – 10.15 PM
- Shayana Aarti: 10.30 PM – 11.00 PM
Things to Do in Varanasi
- Visit the Dashashwamedh Ghat which is known for its proximity to the temple and fabulous Ganga Aarti.
- Visit the Dhamek Stupa in Sarnath
- Explore the 1750’s Ramnagar Fort on the eastern banks of River Ganga
- Check out the Sarnath Museum for its archaeological artifacts dating from the 3rd -century
- Make sure you visit the Gyanvapi Mosque, which shares a wall with the Kashi temple.
These are but few types of scenery when thinking of Kullu. They contribute their part in making complete picture of a memorable hill town with perfect Kullu holidays.
The Kulanthpitha of past referring to the meaning – ‘end of the livable world’, is Kullu where visitors come and revel in all the gifts Nature has to bestow on its onlookers. At an altitude of more than 1200 m, the feeling of ‘inhabitable’ can come to mind, even more when the visit is made in winters. However, during the pleasant sunny days, Kullu can give a run to best of the hill resorts.
Presence of various temples makes the sanctity in the foothills of Himalaya even more venerable. The hills and forests that force couples to snuggle a little closer are a welcome too. Add unbridled Nature to as well above ingredients and a tourist can get the adrenaline rush of his life. Kullu tour thus becomes an obvious choice for the honeymooners, families and adventurers for an exceptional time.
When sound of exhilaration seems to be coming far above from sky and only colorful para-gliders could be spotted above head, the site is most probably Solang Valley of Manali Hill Station, which has a uniqueness that stands out from any other paragliding site in India. What more this is one facet of this hill city, like honeymooner trying to pose wearing ski gears rather than actually willing to try the fun of skiing. Add to that elders on some sort of minor pilgrimage to various temples in Manali, individual getting holy dip in hot water springs, families bonding in picnic spots and many other images, and this hill city comes alive in front of eyes.
A part of Beas River Valley, Manali is situated at an altitude of more than 2000 m from where the eyes fall on the views of forests, orchards, river, mountains ranges and more, for nothing but sheer visual delight. The place once used to serve trade purposes via Manal – Leh route; now the same route is used for the purpose of adventure mainly for the bikers and jeep riders.
Having invitingly secured its history in its name, Manali is associated with legends of King Manu who had the responsibility to protect human civilization after the great flood meant to destroy the world; which he successfully shouldered. If unfolding stories entwined in myths and legend is a loved way to spend holidays, Manali rouses the need to explore the Himalayas with even more intensity.
Spirit of tourism is far from fading even after the consequence of popularity. Be it pleasantly cool months or duration of snowfall during the New Year or Christmas, this hill destination is revered by everyone with the intention or for the experience of Manali tourism.
Agra – Located 220 kms from Delhi, Agra is a must visit city on any Tour of India. Home of the World famous Taj Mahal, Agra provides avid glimpses of Mughal architecture. To be in Agra is like taking a walk through India’s Mughal period history. Other than the Taj Mahal, Agra’s attractions include the Red Fort, built by Emperor Akbar on the banks of the River Yamuna, Sikandra, the mausoleum of Emperor Akbar, the Itmad-ud-Daulah, a mausoleum built for Empress Noor Jahan’s father and last but not the least and a short distance away, Fatehpur Sikri, with its very impressive architecture and interesting stories of it having been built and then abandoned. After Delhi, Agra is the most visited tourist city in North India.
Delhi is the capital city of India and is regarded as the heart of the nation. The city is popular for its enriched culture and heritage. The city hosts some famous historical monuments and is developing with the passing of time.
The influence of religious diversity can be seen in the city along with the cultural impact of the Mughal, the ancient Indian and the British. There are many beautiful gardens in the city, away from pollution and busy city life that provide opportunities to walk leisurely in the midst of greenery.
The capital city is divided into two sections popularly known as Purani Dilli or Old Delhi and Nayi Dilli or New Delhi. Old Delhi is popular for its ancient culture and monuments along with its overcrowded gastronomical lanes. Let’s have a quick peek into the different aspects of Delhi below
People of all ages can enjoy there as it has something for everyone to compliment their interests. There is nothing like best time to visit this majestic land but the period between mid October to mid March is considered as an ideal time for those who are not familiar with the summers of Rajasthan. It is because the weather remains pleasant at this time.
Allahabad, also known by its official name Prayag, is one of the largest cities of the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Although Prayaga was renamed Ilahabad in 1575, the name later became Allahabad in an anglicized version in Roman script. The city is situated on an inland peninsula, surrounded by the rivers Ganges and Yamuna on three sides, with only one side connected to the mainland Doab region, of which it is a part. This position is of importance in Hindu scriptures for it is situated at the confluence, known as Triveni Sangam, of the holy rivers. As per Rigveda the Sarasvati River (now dried up) was part of the three river confluence in ancient times. It is one of four sites of the Kumbh Mela, an important mass Hindu pilgrimage.
The ancient name of the city is Prayag (Sanskrit for “place of sacrifice”), as it is believed to be the spot where Brahma offered his first sacrifice after creating the world. Since its founding, Prayaga renamed Prayagraj has played an important role in the history and cultural life of India.