Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), Varanasi

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One of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath) stands on the western bank of the Ganges. Destroyed and reconstructed many times during its history, the latest edition was built by the Maratha monarch in 1780, with three domes made up of pure gold. You can enter the temple sanctum only when the chief officiating priest finishes performing his religious functions. Certain occasions host million visitors, so security measures can get very rigorous. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath) by using our Varanasi itinerary maker.
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  • Quite excited about long awaited visit to the holy Kasi temple. Considering how important a visit to this temple is to a Hindu, disappointed with the poor temple maintenance, uncleanliness, corrupt pr...  more »
  • very very nice the fanabolous place i love the smell of Varanasi the holi city must go once in life.  more »
  • Doesn't need any mention...its just divine do opt for the mangla aarti for the first and not so crowded darshan other than that it's just wow  more »
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  • The best place to visit by everyone. Every person in Hindu religion believes to visit atleast once n their whole life, but I visited thrice this , very much awaited to visit again and again... Great feeling that can't be explained in words.
  • It is one of the best visiting place in India. The atmosphere is enchanting. The Display of next level of devotion is quit attractive. It is a must visit place though you are not a Hindu.
  • One of magical places in Varanasi. A must visit, even if you're not a Hindu. It was amazing to witness another level of devotion displayed by lots of people who visit the temple and the temple itself definitely has strong great vibe. As a form of respect, I highly recommend to join the long queue with locals despite foreigners have privilege with a fast-track lane. You can keep your bag in the locker before the entrance gate and do come afternoon to avoid the long queue.
  • Temples are places for peace and they should stay that way.... To reach there it is advisable that you get up early and reach there early in the morning to ditch the long que and have a peaceful spiritual experience....
  • Divinity, spirituality, belief, devotion, culture, harmony : Everything that defines us Indians is found here. Come and get a complete mesmerizing view of Kashi and its culture.

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