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.
Ranipet, commonly known as Ranipettai, is located near Vellore in Tamil Nadu. This southern Indian town is about 20km away from Vellore fort and 100 km away from Chennai city. The town is said to have been built in the year 1771 by Nawab Sadut Ulla Khan in honour of the widow of King Desingh. She was honoured as she gave up her life on her husband’s funeral pyre. Ranipet literally means ‘the land of the queen.
Places to Stay
There are reasonably priced hotels in Ranipet. One of the most popular one is MGM Hi-Way Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1500). One can also find many economical guest-houses and lodges in Ranipet.
The official language of Ranipet is Tamil. The other languages spoken in Ranipet include Hindi, Kannada, Malyalam, Telegu and English.
The important festivals of Ranipet are Vinayaka Chaturthi, Pongal, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Krishna Jayanti and Deepawali.
Places of Interest
There are several places that can be considered as tourist attractions near Ranipet. Some of them include Vellore Fort, Aamrithi Forest Region, Sripuram Temple and Yelagiri Hills.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Ranipet is the Chennai Airport. It is located about 110km away from the town.
Vellore Junction is the nearest railway junction to Ranipet. It is at an approximate distance of 17km from Ranipet.
There are daily bus services to Chennai, Hyderabad and Vellore from Ranipet. Diwakar Travels is one of the best bus operators on this route. You can get an online bus booking offers through TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website.