An Ancient City And an Center of learning for over 200years, Varanasi is the Holiest of pilgrimage places located on the River Ganga. Varanasi's principal attraction is the long string of bathing Ghats which line the west bank of the Gangas. Ghats are the steps which lead down to the river, and where, at the two burning Ghats, bodies are cremated.
Constructed using columns from the Bisewar temple razed by Aurangzeb, this great mosque has minarets towering 71 metres above the Gangas. Armed Guards protect the mosque as the Indian government wants to ensure there are no problems between Hindus and Muslims.
The Durga temple is commonly known as the Monkey temple due to the many monkeys that have made it their home. It was build in the 18th century by a Bengali Maharani and is stained red with ochre. The small temple is built in north Indian Nagara style with a multitiered Sikhara.
Dedicated to 'Mother India', this temple has a marble relief map of india instead of the usual images of gods and goddesses. It goes an excellent impression of the high isolation of the Tibetan Plateau. The temple was opened by Mahatma Gandhi, and non Hindus and allowed inside.