Top 10 Offbeat Places to Visit in Varanasi

Every year more than 300 hundred thousand people visit Varanasi from all over the world. Before they come they often search for what to see and explore in the city. With so many blogs, Videos and website talking about the mainstream locations, we decided to list some of the best offbeat places to visit in Varanasi. We have also added their location maps so you don’t have to struggle around for any other info.

 

1. Pink Temple, Sarnath

Pink Temple - offbeat Places In Varanasi india
Pink Temple, Sarnath

Sivali Vietnamese Buddha Temple or the pink temple is a new edition to the Sarnath. It is home to a massive idol of Buddha which is often described as most beautiful Buddha idol in India. The temple is located off the main Sarnath campus and not many people know about this place.

The monk who built this temple saw a dream and sold his entire property to start the construction. Even today he live here and feed poor kids every evening.

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2. Chinese Temple, Sarnath

Chinese Monastery Temple, Sarnath - Offbeat locations in Varanasi india
Chinese Monastery, Sarnath

The Chinese Monastery or the Chinese Buddhist temple is located near Sarnath chowk in Varanasi. It was founded in 1939 by Yut-Le-Yun, A Chinese monk, and scholar who migrated here in order to seek peace. Temple has a very beautiful architecture much of which was added later in 1958.

Upon entering the vicinity you will be greeted by the astonishing Chinese design and the lush green lawns which have Indian emblems standing on the bright yellow platforms. The temple is painted in classic Tibetian colours and the red Chinese lamps stand up to the aesthetics. Even after being so easily accessible It remains peaceful all year round and is one of the most beautiful offbeat places to visit in Varanasi.

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3. Korean Temple, Sarnath

Korean Monastery Temple, sarnath - offbeat Places In Varanasi india
Korean Temple, sarnath

The Korean temple/Monastery is located close to the Pink temple in Sarnath. It was built in 1995 to provide the shelter to the Korean pilgrims. The temple has beautiful lawns and a Korean style stupa which looks quite different from the regular stupas we see everywhere.

Just a few steps away is a monument of friendship which marks the silk route friendship of India & Korea. The main temple has a nice praying hall with statues portraying the first sermon of Lord Buddha.

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4. Tomb of Lal Khan, Rajghat

Tomb of Lal Khan, Raj ghat - Offbeat locations in Varanasi india
Tomb of Lal Khan, Raj Ghat

The tomb of Lal Khan is located near Malviya bridge, Raj Ghat. It’s a mausoleum of a Mughal Nobel located inside the dismantled Raj ghat fort. The complex also contains newly excavated remains of an ancient settlement which dates back to first to third century AD.

The mausoleum and its lawns are very well maintained by ASI and the entry is free. In a city full of hustle this place makes the time go slow. The beautiful architecture and magnificent view of Ganges, Rajghat bridge and Ghats make it worth a visit!

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5. Nandeshwar Ghat

Raanjhaana scenes shot on Nandeshwar Ghat

 

Nandeshwar Ghat is one of the most famous shooting locations in Varanasi. The perfect Haveli overlooking Ganges and Malviya bridge, a small Akhada and the temples right under a banyan tree is a natural movie set. It is one of the most peaceful and cleanest ghats in Varanasi. So far more than 50 films have been shot here including the movies like Masaan, Half-girlfriend, Mukti Bhawan and Super 30.

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6. Alamgir Mosque

Alamgir Mosque, Beniya madhav ka dharera - Offbeat locations in Varanasi india
Alamgir Mosque, Panchganga Ghat

Built by Aurangzeb in 1663, Alamgir mosque is located at the Panch Ganga Ghat. It is an indo-Mughal style structure with a small pond which is rumoured to be twice as deep as the height of the mosque.

The mosque overlooks the Ganges river and provides a beautiful view of all the ghats. It might get you marine drive vibes with added peace and serenity!

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7. Phulwari Restaurant and Sami Cafe

Phulwari Cafe and Shami Restaurant - Offbeat locations in Varanasi india
Phulwari Cafe and Shami Restaurant (Source Trip Advisor)

If you are tired of city’s noise and the crowd then head over to this cafe and make yourself comfortable at king’s own property. Yes, you read it right this property belongs to the king of Varanasi so technically you’re hogging at his place.

The cherry on top is the hidden Kasiraj Kali temple which will accompany you while you sit under the roof made of grape vines. Very few locals know about the existance of this temple and it has an interesting story behind which you can read here.

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8. Lolark Kund

Lolark Kund, Tulsi ghat - Offbeat locations in Varanasi india
Lolark Kund, Tulsi ghat (Source: apnabanaras)

Located near Tulsi ghat, Lolark Kund is one of the oldest sacred sites in Varanasi. According to a folklore, Lolark(trembling sun) Kund contains the sperm of Sun. Perhaps its a site of a small meteorite impact happened in ancient time.

Every year about half a million people take a dip in this Kund on Lolark Shasti in hopes of getting an offspring. The Kund remains quiet and peaceful all year-round and looks beautiful with emerald blue water.

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9. Tulsi Manas Mandir

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Tulsi Manas Temple is believed to be the site where Tulsidas wrote few parts of Ramcharitra Manas. It is a beautiful temple made of white marble and has 4 small lawns.

Inside the temple, there are moving idols which depict the scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. This place is a treat for both pilgrims and tourists(Even better if you’re with kids!).

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10. Durga Temple, Ramnagar

Durga Temple, Ramnagar - Offbeat locations in Varanasi india
Durga Temple, Ramnagar ( Source: Manish Khattry)

Believed to be around 500 years old, Durga temple is located in Varanasi around 3KM away from the Ramnagar Fort. It was built for the royal family of Kashi Naresh and have very impressive stone carving. The temple also has a large stone built pond in front of it and there is a nice small garden right next to it.

It is said that the Maison who renovated the temple killed himself by jumping off it’s top because he found some follies in the upper structure which were impossible to be fixed.

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Now that you know about these offbeat places to visit in Varanasi how about checking out The best street food options? (A must if you are a foodie!)

If you have any questions or you would like to add any other place to our list then please feel free to tell us in comments. Har Har Mahadev!

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