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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Trip to Varanasi Kasi Kashi Viswanath Visvanath BenarasTemple:


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Trip to Varanasi Kasi Kashi Viswanath Visvanath BenarasTemple:


You can write to me on templeashok@yahoo.co.in for any clarifications /doubts..i shall try my best to be of use to u so that u have a good dharshan..you can also write to me on the mail id above for adding anything more to make it more useful and informative every small info will help as it has probably helped you so please write in..…

About General Place: Varanasi

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Uttar-Pradesh/Varanasi.htm

http://www.varanasicity.com/temples/index.html

http://wikitravel.org/en/Varanasi

Hotels:

I stayed at Sahi Guest house in Assi ghat. The ac room was Rs.700 This does not have a balcony overlooking the river ganges. Ones with balcony are Rs.900. They also have an off season discount. The rooms are good.
05422366730,2311244

9415818171(if u r unable to call or reach the above board no call this no as it is the owner Mr.Sahi’s no ..an affable old man )

For those who want real posh stay, Hotel Palace on Ganges is there nearly next door to the above guest house. The cost would be Rs 2000 +


Ph No pf Palace on Ganges: 0542-2315050,2314304,2314305, fax 2314306,22044898 email: palace onganges@indiatimes.com

All the above guest houses send their taxi’s at a cost to pick you up from airport or train station.(rough cost rs.100) I would advice you to use this service as other wise the drivers will say things like the hotel is full and take you elsewhere. I was picked up by Mr.Ravi of ravi tours and travel. 9839143069,9839077242,9236165661, 0542 2277933 email ravi_arora54@yahoo.com. I found their service excellent. They also take you around andshow you around kasi. You can ask them for whatever help you want. Generally early morning boat sailing on ganges viewing the ghats and visiting Benaras Hindu University(must see) with some temple is one package, Aarthi of river ganges at night and the view of it from a boat and trip to sarnath are the major travel tours. All these can cost around 1000 but worth it. Car is comfortable. I would strongly recomment using this travels as they are very responsible and nice.

For budget type stay very near the above Sahi guest house/palace on ganges a Udipi house is there. I also stayed here on one of my trips. The cost would be Rs 200. The rooms have attached bath and are pretty good. The manager’s name is Mr.Jayaprakash. Ph no is 0542 2310260. Mobile is 9838615375.

for guideing u in the viswanath temple and showing around the temple you can take the help of Sudharshan Pandey 9305287242(cell). I paid Rs.200 you can probably talk for rs 100. In many palces inside the temple various people will ask for money it is best to give Rs 10 at each of the places or jus keep moving.



Details about the temple through links:

Official website: www.shrikashivishwanath.org


http://templenet.com/Ganga/varanasi.html


http://members.tripod.com/~ngaur/temple.html


Temple Phone Number:

Std Code-0542 Phone Number :


How I went:

One of the major reasons one visits Kashi or Kasi or Varanasi is to offer poojas to our fore fathers on the shores of Ganges.

I was recommended Mr.Subramaniyam for it. He can organize for any caste as he know north and south Indian style. I found him to be good. His contact phone numbers are 0542-2311268, 2275890. His house is in 4/59 Hanuman Ghat very near Shankar Mutt. Many a times his wife will answer the phone as he may be doing pooja. She is very efficient and you can generally get your doubts clarified from her.

You can refer my name as Ashok from Chennai.


There is one more person who you can contact when you want to do in major scale poojas to forefathers. I think if you are there and perform the charges would be rs 4000 with every need taken care of apart from just ur presence.

V.Ramasesha sastrigal
B5/311 Oudhgarbhi(Hanuman Ghat)

email: rshiv_kumar@rediffmail.com

0542 -2310134,33 fax 2275173, cell:9335333137

I approached them to send with me someone who would guide me in taking bath in ganges and then visiting the temple. I cannot do pooja to forefathers as my father is still alive and only he can do it.

Mr.Subramanyam sent a guide Mahendra who is a priest working for him.

There are 64 major ghats or entances with steps on river ganges one after the other if you go by boat starting with Aassi Ghat ant finally Varuna ghat and hence the name varuna + assi Varanasi. 5 ghats are very important to take bath to remove your sins. Refer general link on varanasi given above.

First I took bath in all 5 (pancha) theerth in boat (cost rs 200 to 400) depends on your bargaining power. I paid Rs 400. You start with Assi Ghat(also called tulsi ghat) then go to kedar ghat and then to dasaswemedh ghat and then panch ganga and finally take bath in manikarnika ghat. You can go to each of this in the boat alight and have a dip and proceed to the next ghat.

You can contact Babulal 9305020634(he also speaks tamil) for the boatride or call the above mentioned ravi travels for the same. You can refer my name ashok from Chennai.



The speciality of river ganges in varanasi is that it flows north a direction in whichshiva is worshiped.

Finally after the bath I changed to new clothes an then visited Dondi Vinayak (always pray to ganesh first and seek his blessings))Viswanath temple, Annapoorni, Lord Saturn, Visalakshi and then came out and headed to see Sakshi Vinayak and then had simple road side food(cery good) at Ashok hotel in sonarpura. From there I went to the room, Changed clothes and left for sarnath about 10 km away. This is a sacred place of Buddha.


By 6.30 was back to go to the boat arranged by ravi travels above for seeing the aarthi of river ganges a must see and then headed to station to leave for Gaya



How to reach

Nearest Airport – Varanasi

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Varanasi Junction.(Station Code BSB), If commuting from Kolkata HWH is the station Code, from Patna it is PNBE and from Gaya it is GAYA

Preferred travel base:

STD Code of Varanasi -0542


For Internet/ Mobile Railway ticket Booking in India use

http://www.irctc.co.in/


For Travel by Private bus to and fro to any major town in India and some interstate destinations use the links below for bus booking through internet.

http://www.redbus.in/

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Dear Mr. Ashok,
your Blog was really a great help to me. Recently i took my family to varanasi, and took help of the resources you mentioned, like Mr.Subraamanian, Ravi tours, etc. they were all really helpful.
Also my family really appreciated your efforts in writing this blog which is of great help to people who afre visiting the place for first time.

Thanks
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