Varanasi was one of those trips for me that you plan to go to for personal reasons and as soon as you reach you realise you are should have planned to stay longer. I went to Varanasi early this year to attend the wedding of a very dear friend of mine, and as I had already been to cities like Haridwar and Allahabad I was under the impression that this one is not going to be any different from them(soon I realised how stupid I was, that I din’t plan to stay back there for a day or two after the wedding 😦 ).
For the 2 days that I was there, I was busy enjoying the wedding functions, catching up with old college friends and this was of-course confined to the hotel where we stayed. The one good thing that I did was to step out with the gang one day to witness the famous evening Aarti at one of the ghats. Now Varanasi is rightly known as the city of Ghats as it has not 10, not 50 but 88 Ghats. Luckily, we were close to the famous Dashashwamedh Ghat.
Located close to Vishwanath Temple(which was a delight to see), it is probably the most spectacular of the ghats. I really enjoyed the sunset stroll and talking to the Sadhus to hear multiple stories around the river Ganga and the ghat itself. As per Hindu mythology Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses, during Dasa-Ashwamedha yajna performed here. And a group of priests daily perform “Agni Pooja” in the evening at this ghat (Worship to Fire) wherein a dedication is made to Lord Shiva, River Ganges, Surya (Sun), Agni (Fire), and the whole universe.
There is no other word than majestic to describe that evening. I was so so happy that I decided to get out of the hotel and wander on the ghats, soak in the the liveliness of Banaras, watch the people in boats flock towards the ghat to witness the Aarti. I wish I could offer you more details about the place(well one more, the best time to visit the place is between October to March!), but it deserves a visit at least once in your lifetime. And on that note, I will leave you guys now with these shots that I got that evening and I promise I will go back pretty soon and get you more interesting deets about this lovely city.