Ghazipur is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It also happens to be the headquarters of a district by the same name. The city derives its name from the ghazi (warrior) Sayyid Masud, who is said to have defeated the local raja, and established a city here in 1330 CE. Varanasi, the holy Hindu city, lies at a distance of 79 km south-west and is the major urban agglomeration in the city.
Places to Stay
Hotel facilities are limited as far as this city is concerned. However, two of the options which are worth trying out are Living Legend Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Shyam Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of the city is Hindi. Urdu is also widely used and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November and the two Eid(s). Dala Chhat and Mauni Baba Fair in the month of November are some of the other important events.
Places of Interest
Ghazipur Opium Factory is the largest legal medicinal opium producing factory in the world. Several monuments dating back to the Mughal era such as Chihal Satun (Forty Pillars) Palace, Chit Nath Ghat, tomb of Lord Cornwallis and Parasuram Mandir are some of the interesting places in the city.
How to Get There
The Varanasi Airport, situated 70 km away, is the closest to Ghazipur.
The city has its own railway station in the form of Ghazipur City Railway Station (3.5 km away from the city centre).
Verma Travels, Balaji Tours and Travels and Vijay Travels are some of the reputed bus operators in the city. Buses to the area are readily available from Varanasi. Book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com and make use of its bus ticket offer.
Varanasi is considered the holiest of India’s seven holy cities. It is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest ion India. Varanasi is referred by many sobriquets including, “the city of light” and “the city of learning”. Gautama Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon in Varanasi. It is sometimes called Benaras or Kashi.
Places to Stay
Many hotels in Varanasi are suitable for budget travellers which include the City Inn (Rs 900), Hotel River Place (Rs 700) and Hotel Padmini International (Rs 1200)
Dhrupad Mela, celebrated every year in February-March is one of the major events in Varanasi. Mahashivrathri held in February is one of the major festivals celebrated here.
Hindi is the local language spoken in Varanasi. English and Urdu are commonly used languages.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Varanasi are Ramnagar Dashashwamedh Ghat, Annapurna Temple all located within 15 kms.
How to Get There
Varanasi is served by Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, which is approximately 26 km from the city centre in Babatpur. Domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities are available here.
Varanasi Junction, commonly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, is the city's largest train station. It is one of the busiest train stations with over 200 hundred passing through each day.
NH2, NH7 and NH56 run through Varanasi connecting it to major centers such Delhi, Kanpur, Kolkata and Agra as well as Lucknow. The best bus operators that offer quality service include UPSTRC, Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.