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Located a stone's throw away from the Alamgir Mosque, is the rather inconspicuous-looking Shri Laxmi Narayan Mandir which nevertheless attracts devotees in large numbers. Established in 1475 CE and renovated in 1975, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Goddess Laxmi. Offering visitors elevated views of the holy River Ganges and of the charming boats below, a visit is surely in order. Also watch out for the playful monkeys who may get a tad too close. The best way to reach here is by walking along the ghats and taking a turn at Panchganga Ghat.
Located right across the Shri Laxmi Narayan Mandir and the stately Alamgir Mosque is the 5th-century built Bindu Madhava Temple which was deeply revered by Hindus. Destroyed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th Century, the Alamgir Mosque was consequently built upon these sacred ruins much to the chagrin of Hindu worshipers who lamented the loss of their beloved temple. Today what remains is a smaller 19th Century version that still commands immense reverence especially from South Indian pilgrims who flock here. Charming views of the River Ganges are assured from the surroundings!
Mehta Art Gallery is located in the heart of Varanasi in Sigra. It is run by Amit Kumar who invites the locals as well as tourists to explore the ancient history and culture of India. The gallery has a gathering room and a meditation room where you can indulge in spirituality. Paintings, Books and other artistic piece of work can be marvelled here. The gallery is open to suggestions and invites its visitors to contribute in whatever way possible.
Literally translated as the morning of Banaras, the Subah-e-Banaras Boat Tour arranged by Groovy Tours and Travels is a must-do activity if you happen to be in the holy city. The boat ride starts from the serene Assi Ghat and ferries tourists to Manikarnika Ghat (city's largest cremation site). The early-morning boat trip is an ideal way to see sadhus and locals visiting the riverside to perform everyday rituals including praying to the Sun and the holy dip in the Ganges. The boat tour culminates with a short walk covering the old city's vibrant southern precinct.
Music Paradise Hall is an entertainment venue where you can learn classical music and instruments. The staff is quite courteous who help you to select any instrument of your choice. They have Flute, Violin, Drums, Sitar and so on. This place is surrounded with melodious music all over and anyone is sure to fall in love with music. Every evening a music concert with vocals and dance is arranged. It is a nice place to indulge in ancient culture of India and teaches a lot about our values and traditions.
Curated by travel enthusiasts who pride on their ancient roots and tradition, Roobaroo Walks takes visitors through the narrow by-lanes of the holy city. Visitors also explore the sacred Ganges and swarming alleys serving up delectable street food as a part of the guided walk. Moving beyond the famous city landmarks, Roobaroo acquaints one with the heart of the religious city, even as one visits the various akhadas (wrestling area), local shops and natural attractions.