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Banaras Basics - Facts & Figures

General Information on the Holy City of Varanasi

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Banaras Basics - Facts & Figures

Boat on the Ganges at Varanasi

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Varanasi aka Banaras or Benaras is an old and well-known city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP).
  • Area: 73.89 sq. km.
  • Altitude: 80.71 m above sea level
  • Summer Temperature: 43°C (Max); 32°C (Min)
  • Winter Temperature: 15°C (Max); 5°C (Min)
  • Annual Average Rainfall: 111 cm
  • Population: About 1.4 million
  • Main Languages: Hindi and English
  • STD Code: 91-0542

Reaching Varanasi

  • By Air: Varanasi airport is 22 Kms from the city and is well connected with all the major cities in India.
  • By Rail: Varanasi's main railway station is the Cantt. railway station connecting it with all major places in India.
  • By Road: Varanasi is well connected by road to major cities in UP and Bihar and is located on three National Highways - NH2 from Calcutta to Delhi, NH7 to Kanyakumari and NH29 to Gorakhpur.

Tourist Information Centres

  • Government of India Tourist Office
    15B, The Mall, Cantt, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Government Of India Tourist Information Counter
    Babatpur Airport, Varanasi, Uttar Pardesh, India
  • UP Government Tourist Office
    Tourist Bungalow, Parade Kothi, Near Varanasi Cantt. Railway Station, Varanasi, UP, India
  • UP Government Tourist Information Counter
    Near Railway Station, Varanasi, UP, India

Important Destinations & Distances

  • Allahabad - 128 km
  • Lucknow - 320 km
  • Kanpur - 320 km
  • Agra - 606 km
  • Patna - 252 km
  • Bodh Gaya - 243 km
  • Lumbini (Nepal) - 335 km
  • Khajuraho - 411 km
  • Delhi - 765 km
  • Sarnath - 10 km
  • Sonauli - 305 km
  • Rihand Dam - 160 km
  • Renukut - 175 km
  • Shakti Nagar - 225 km
  • Kolkata - 681 km
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