Banaras city is located in Uttar Pradesh. It is also known as Varanasi, Benares and Kashi. The city is located on the banks of the river Ganges (Ganga). Banaras is considered to be a spiritual city. It is believed by Hindu devotees that a death in this city will bring salvation to the person’s soul. Banaras is the city of temples and it is famous for the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Places to Stay
There are numerous hotels in Banaras that are suitable for different budgets. Some of them are Palace on Ganges (Tariff - Rs. 6550), Hotel India (Tariff - Rs. 1481) and Suraj Guest House (Tariff - Rs. 782.)
The official language of Banaras is Hindi. English and Urdu are also spoken here.
Banaras is famous for its festivals and events such as the Mahashivratri festival (February) which is celebrated in the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and a five day musical festival called the Drupad Mela at Tulsi ghat (February – March.)
Places of Interest
There are number of tourist attractions here. These include the Kashi Vishwanath temple (5 km from Varanasi railway station), Ramnagar Fort (12 km from Varanasi railway station), Gyanvypai Mosque (5 km from Varanasi railway station) and the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple (10 km from Varanasi railway station.)
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Lal Bahudar Shashtri International Airport which is at the distance of 24 km from Banaras.
The nearest railway station is the Varanasi railway junction which is in the town.
There are daily bus services from Varanasi to other cities such as Allahabad, Gorakhpur and Lucknow. The most popular bus service providers in this area are the New Shatabdi Bus Service and Vidhan Tours & Travels. Several bus booking portals offer bus ticket booking coupon on their sites. Look out for discount codes when you book your tickets.
Ranchi is a beautiful place and is also the capital of Jharkhand. Ranchi is considered to be the second most heavily populated city. The name of this city, “Ranchi” has been plagiarised from the name of an Oraon Village which was called “Archi.” Some of the attractions of Ranchi are the Dassam Falls, Jonha falls and also the Hudru falls.
Places to Stay
There are many places to stay in Ranchi that come under budget of the visitors. Some of the hotels are Hotel Rajdhani Plaza (Tariff – Rs. 783), Hotel Radiant (Tariff – Rs. 980), Hotel Tribhuvan (Tariff – Rs. 661) and Hotel Churuwala Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1,470).
Languages spoken in Ranchi include Asuri which is an Austro-Asiatic language and is spoken by approximately 17,000 people
Some of the festivals celebrated in Ranchi are Durga Puja celebrated in October and Chhath Puja celebrated in November.
Places of interest
Some of the places of attraction in Ranchi are Rock Garden and Kanke Dam (4 km from Ranchi), Hundru Falls (45 km from Ranchi on Ranchi Purulia Road) and Jonha Falls (40 km from Ranchi).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to reach Ranchi is Birsa Munda Airport which is 7 kms from the centre of the city.
The Ranchi railway station (RNC) is the main station of Ranchi and is located only 3.4 kms away from the city.
Some of the travel operators running the bus service in and around Ranchi are Travel Mart, Tripti Travels and Choudhary Travel and Holidays. Some of the bus stations of Ranchi are Argora Chowk Bus stop, ITI Bus stand and State Bus Depot. You can get discount on bus booking if you log on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking portal.