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11 Must-Visit Popular Places near Varanasi

Chandauli

One of the holiest places around the world; Varanasi is the colorful and spiritual charm of India.  Visited by millions each year, this destination is famous for Ghats that line River Ganges.

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While some come here for spiritual enlightenment, others come for the salvation of their sins. If you have already explored attractions as Dasawamedh Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple and still have a few days to spend in this beautiful city, you may want to explore these tourist place near varanasi that can brighten up your vacation.

Top 11 Weekend Getaways From Varanasi

  1. Singhpur Sarnath
  2. Chandauli
  3. Kaimur
  4. Mirzapur
  5. Allahabad
  6. Sonbhadra
  7. Ayodhya
  8. Kushinagar
  9. Bodh Gaya
  10. Patna
  11. Lucknow

1. Singhpur Sarnath

Singhpur Sarnath - Places to Visit Near Varanasi

Distance:- 11 km from Varanasi

Singhpur’s Sarnath is a religious center known for Buddhist monuments. It is the place where Gautama Buddha first came and taught about the concept of Dharma. People who want to learn about history and religion in India, Sarnath is certainly one of the Best Places to visit near Varanasi. Emperor Ashoka erected a number of stupas for spreading Buddhism. Chaukhandi and Dhammek Stupa are the main stupas built from a blend of stone and bricks. This area is a rich repository of the culture and heritage. To gain further insight of Indian history, development of Buddhism, Aliens theories and how they visited the earth; you should definitely visit this place.

2. Chandauli

Chandauli - Places to Visit Near Varanasi

Distance:- 35 km from Varanasi

Known as the “Dhaan Ka Katora of Uttar Pradesh”; Chandauli adds to Indian GDP by exporting oats, paddy, and wheat. Away from mass tourism; lesser-known sanctuaries in India, Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary established to conserve the Asiatic lions has several interesting species of animals, birds, and plants which retains its pristine charm. There are several picnic sites especially two scintillating waterfalls Rajdari and Devdari. The scenic, tranquil surroundings, crystal clear waters, gurgling over the rocks present a breathtaking sight to experience. Perfect for a day trip or a weekend gateway from varanasi. You can stay at budget hotels in Varanasi as there is no accommodation in this Sanctuary. Best time to visit Chandauli is between October and March.

3. Kaimur

Kaimur

Distance:- 96 km from Varanasi

Kaimur has a glorious heritage that exhibits a true coherence of the Mughal and Hindu dynasties. It is one of the most vibrant regions of the Bihar border by 3 beautiful rivers Karmanasha, Durgawati, and Kudra. The major tourist attractions of Kaimur are historic monuments, ancient temples, Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary, Baidyanath, Maa Mundeshwari Temple, Chorghatia, Karmanasa River, Sidhanath Temple. Kaimur offers a taste of everything and doesn’t disappoint its tourists from temples, forts, hills, forest, waterfalls and scenic spots. During Monsoon Telhar waterfall is a great feast for the eyes.  Best time to visit Kaimur to observe its tranquil nature is from October to March.

4. Mirzapur

Mirzapur

Distance:- 61 km from Varanasi

Surrounded by several hills, the city is a blend of fine work in carpet making, mud, clay pots and toys. It is also prominent for the holy shrine Vindhyavasini Devi most cherished Shakti Peeths of India, Ashtbhuja, Kali Khoh, and Devrahwa Baba Ashram. It is not just a place of astute devotion but also of serene beauty with green valleys, cascading waterfalls, meandering rivers, which are a delight for a nature lover.

5. Allahabad (Prayagraj)

Allahabad

Distance:- 120km from Varanasi

Allahabad, recognized for hosting the largest and grandest Kumbh Mela, is actually more than that. Popularly known as Allahabad; the original name of the city is “Prayag” or “Kaushambi”. Major Tourist attractions are Allahabad Fort, Allahabad University, and ancestral home of the Nehru Family (Anand Bhawan). The grand Kumbh Mela held every 12 years finds a humongous gathering of nearly 120 million people.  Another Grand Annual Fair called Magh Mela which starts from Makar Sankranti in the months of January lasts till February. Allahabad is considered one of the most favorite tourist place to visit near varanasi.

To enjoy the silent side of Allahabad and best of nature, take a boat from Triveni Sangam during sunrise or sunset. Allahabad Public Library is one of the biggest libraries of Uttar Pradesh. This place possesses hundreds of manuscripts dating from the 19th century like blue books, 125,000 books, manuscripts in different languages, etc.

Formerly known as the Oxford of the East, Allahabad University was the fourth modern university of India established in 1887. So while you are in the Allahabad, one of the must visit places is Allahabad University.
Shami kebabs, Crispy thin paratha, and aromatic chicken biryani are few things you should definitely try when in Allahabad.

6. Sonbhadra

Sonbhadra

Distance:- 114 km from Varanasi

The second largest district of Uttar Pradesh; Sonbhadra has immense historical and cultural significance and is home to several ancient monuments, forts.

The Vijaygarh Fort dates back from 5th century built by the Kol kings is widely known for its exquisite rock carvings, inscriptions and cave paintings. Naugarh Fort built by the Kashi kings is now a guest house for government dignitaries is considered as a prominent tourist attraction. Among religious sites, Shiv Dwar known for its old 11th-century black stone statue of the two gods in the Srijan posture is the famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Agori Fort, Salkhan Fossil Park,  Mukha Falls, Rihand Dam, Barkandhara Dam, Lakhania Caves are known for their beautiful ageless rock paintings among few well-known places.

Sonbhadra can appeal to both art lovers and explorers and is another must visit tourist place near varanasi. November to March is the Best time to visit Sonbhadra.

7. Ayodhya

Ayodhya - Places to Visit Near Varanasi

Distance:- 202 km from Varanasi

Ayodhya is an important city of Ancient India, situated on the bank of Sarayu River popularly known for the birthplace of Lord Rama is one of the seven most important pilgrimage sites. However, Ayodhya is not confined to Hindu pilgrimage there are also Buddhist and Jain shrines as well as a museum. Bahu Begum Ka Maqbara is the Historic Building in Ayodhya also known as’Taj Mahal of the East’, is a unique 42m-high maqbara built for the queen of Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula. It is considered to be a prime example of Awadhi architecture. Ayodhya boasts of a range of tourist attractions among them such as  Hanuman Garhi, a temple in the central part of the city said to be a  must visit attraction while on your Ayodhya Trip. Kanak Bhawan also called Sone-ka-Ghar is the place where Lord Sri Rama and Sita dressed in gold crowns is another attraction of the city. Similarly, Nageshwarnath temple, Treta ke Thakur, Vijayraghaw temple and Choti chawni should certainly be a part of your Ayodhya itinerary.

8. Kushinagar

Kushinagar - Places to Visit Near Varanasi

Distance:- 231 km from Varanasi

Kushinagar is an ancient and one of the four main pilgrimage centers for Buddhists, the others being Lumbini (Nepal), Bodhgaya and Sarnath. It is believed that Buddha took his last breath in Kushinagar. Visitors can see several ruined stupas that date back from the 3rd century to the 5th century. Ramabhar Stupa is where Buddha is believed to have been cremated, Nirvana Chaitya, the Wai Thai complex, and Indo-Japan-Sri Lanka Temple are must-visit sights. The museum here displays a good collection of Buddhist sculptures, Tibetan thangka paintings, and Mughal miniatures. Your trip to this place will reveal a lot more about the art, culture and historical facts.

9. Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya - Places to Visit Near Varanasi

Distance:- 253 km from Varanasi

Famous for Mahabodhi Temple and Bodhi Tree; Bodhgaya is one of the most sacred places located in the Gaya district of Bihar.  Prince Gautama meditated under the Bodhi tree and gained supreme knowledge and came to be known as Buddha. During the earlier times, this city was known as Uruvela due to the presence of sand that is now famous for many places such as Mahabodhi Temple, Animesh Lochan Chaitya, Chankramana is other tourist attractions. Due to the tropical climate, the tourists visit this place throughout the year. Gaya is one of the main tourist attractions in Bihar, a city of ancient historical and mythological significance.

10. Patna

Patna - Places to Visit Near Varanasi

Distance:- 280 km from Varanasi

Settled on the banks of River Ganga, Patna is a joyful city offering a number of activities to hold your interest, a planetarium for science enthusiasts, and some gorgeous heritage sites for history buffs. One can also take a boat ride near the Gandhi Ghat or dine at Pind Balluchi; revolving restaurant. Patna and  Maner Sharif – a historical site that houses two tombs; Patna Sahib – a holy place for Sikhs; Patthar ki Masjid – a mosque wholly constructed of stones and Mahavir Mandir dedicated to Lord Hanuman are other important tourist spots in Patna including Golghar, Patna Planetarium, Patan Devi, Eco Park, Agam Kuan and Phulwari sharif.

11. Lucknow

Lucknow - Places to Visit Near Varanasi

Distance:- 303 km from Varanasi

The City of Nawabs, Golden City of the East and The Constantinople of India; Lucknow is a major cultural hub of the country. When you Visit Lucknow, you will spot the Welcome Sign ‘Muskuraaiye Aap Lucknow Mein Hai’ says it all. In short, it means a trip to this capital city will be the best memories you will make throughout the trip! Lucknow allures history buffs, foodies, and explorers. Day picnic spot to Kukrail, Indira Dam, Imambara, and Marine Drive makes for a perfect family outing. Do try Tunday ke Kebab, the Rahim ki Nihari when in Lucknow. Known for its uniqueness on a global platform for its tehzeeb (manners), poetry, music, dance, beautiful gardens, grand architecture, old markets, and fine cuisine.  Lucknow certainly is the best places to visit.

A slight change in routine life is the best way to deal with the week ahead. What can be better than enjoying a fun-filled weekend at Varanasi. There are myriad fascinating places around that won’t take more than 5 to 6 hours’ drive and makes for perfect tourist place near Varanasi. So if you have any plans to visit Varanasi, make sure you consider exploring these places around the city.

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