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Considered to be the most sacred place in India,Varanasi is always crowded by those who come to the city to wash away their sins in River Ganga. Packed with many temples, the city has a pious vibe with the constant ringing of the bells. There are numerous ghats in Varanasi, many of which are used to conduct the Indian rituals. Dipped in traditions and customs, this is the place to be if you want to see the cultural side India. If you are planning to spend 3 days in Varanasi, then take a look at this itinerary which will help you make the most of your time.

What to see in 3 days in Varanasi?

Day 1 in Varanasi

Start off your first day in Varanasi by cruising the River Ganga. Watch the beautiful sunrise as the boat is rowed in the calm waters of the river. The let your first stop of the day be Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It is one of the most famous temple amongst hindus and dates back to 18th century. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva - a highly regarded Hindu deity. Then head towards jantar Mantar which is an ancient observatory, built in 1737. Here, you will see many traditional instruments that were once used to measure time, speed, and distance. Then have traditional Indian lunch at one of the restaurants in the city. You may also try street food, although you may not find it to be very hygienic. Next, make your way towards Dashashwamedh Ghat which is the most bustling ghat in Varanasi. You may spend hours together sitting at this ghat by the calm waters of River Ganga and watch many Indian rituals taking place at this ghat. Also attend the Ganga Aarti which is conducted daily just after sunset. Varanasi is lined with many ghats and the last one of the day for you to visit should be Darbhanga Ghat. Here you will not only come across bursting steps, but you will also see a sandstone palace and a Shiva temple.

Day 2 in Varanasi

Reserve your second day to wander through the city. Walk along the narrow streets of Varanasi and soak in the local flavor. As you cover the narrow lanes, you will come across the Old Varanasi that would give you a glimpse of its history. There are a plethora of temples and ghats in varanasi. On day 2, you may go hopping from one temple to another or spend your time on a ghat and interact with the local. A few places that you may visit while wandering in the city include Banaras Hindu University [BHU], Bharat Kala Bhawan, New Kashi Vishwanath temple, Durga temple, Bharat Mata Temple, and Tulsi Manas Temple.

Day 3 in Varanasi

On day 3, make day-trip to Sarnath. Located about 10 kilometer away from Varanasi, it would hardly take 45 minutes to reach the town. This is a place where you will come a across many Buddhist monuments and edifices. Make your first stop at Mulagandha Kuti Vihara which is an ancient Buddhist monastery and a pilgrimage center since olden times. The architecture of this monastery will simply stun you. Then head towards the Sarnath Museum. This is an archaeological museum which has exhibits showcasing the Buddhist cultural wealth. Other attractions in Sarnat include Dhamek Stupa and Chaukhandi Stupa.

Pocket this Varanasi itinerary of 3 days and you will certainly have a great time exploring the city.

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