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Vindhyachal Tourism And Travel Guide
15.4° C / 59.8° F
November to March
2 to 3 Days
Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport (68 kms)
Vindhyachal Railway Station (1 kms)
Located in the northern part of our country, in the state of Uttar Pradesh is the beautiful and religious town of Vindhyachal. This town is located in the Mirzapur district and is quite significant for Hindus due to the affiliation and history of the Ramayana in this region. The town is most famous for Vindhyavasini Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, where people from all over the country visit to offer their prayers. Reaching Vindhyasini is not a challenge and can be reached via air, rail and even by road. Tourism in Vindhyasini is popular during the winters as the weather then is most apt for sightseeing and traveling in and around the area in that climate is easy as well. Due to the town having a strong connection to religion, Vindhyachal is a popular tourism hub among the devotees. Read through our travel guide to Vindhyachal to have a better understanding of the places you need to visit and the things you need to do in this quaint and pious town.
How to Reach
The nearest airport to Vindhyachal is in Varanasi known as Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport. This airport is located at a distance of 68 km from the center of the city. Various airline carriers transport passengers from different cities in India to this religious town. You can take a cab or a bus from the airport to reach your destination in Vindhyachal.
Vindhaychal is well connected to other cities inside the state as well as cities in adjacent states by road. There roads are well maintained and one can easily drive up NH2 to get to Vindhyachal. You can even take a state run bus by UPSRTC or take a luxury bus from neighbouring states to reach this town.
The main railhead in Vindhyachal is the Vindhyachal Railway Station, which is distanced at 1 km from the center of the city. This is the most convenient way to reach the city as the train station is the closest. There are other railway stations as well that you can take depending on the stop that is the closest to your stay.
You can get around this religious town by taking a cab, auto rickshaw or even a bus. These three modes of transport are convenient and reliable, especially the bus services. But if you want to have a more customized ride, you can always hire a car and drive it yourself to get around; although this may be a bit more expensive than the other modes of transportation.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Vindhyachal has a subtropical climate and the summers are quite hot and stuffy in this region. Temperatures during this season range from an average of 30°C in the day to 40°C in the night and are not the most suitable months to visit the place. If you have to visit, make sure you carry light clothes and not venture out in the afternoon heat.
Monsoons in Vindhyachal calm the region down after the brutal summer heat. Temperatures during this time range from 30°C in the day to 24°C in the night. The climate is cool during this time but is humid at the same time. This is the best season to visit some of the famous waterfalls and dams of the region.
The most ideal season to visit Vindhyachal is the winter time, stretching from November to March. Temperatures during this time range from 20°C in the day to 12°C in the night; some winters are really cold and the temperatures may dip even further. This is the best time to enjoy the landscape and the beautiful Vindhya ranges.
Things to Do
Vindhyavasini Devi Temple:
One of the most famous attractions in Vindhyachal is the Vindhyavasini Devi Temple. The shrine inside the temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is most revered by devotees coming from far away cities. The temple is a very significant Hindu temple and is visited by thousand every year.
A few minutes away from the Vindhyavasini Temple is the Ashtabhuja Temple which is alos another highly revered temple. There is a bit of a mythological history behind the existence of the temple. You can get some of the most picturesque views of the Vindhya ranges from this temple.
Kali Khoh Temple:
Dedicated to Kali Goddess; an avatar of Goddess Durga is the Kali Koh Temple in Vindhyachal. This temple is also close to the other famous temple and is etched amidst the Vindhya ranges. The temple is established inside a cave and one can see various ancient cave paintings and carvings inside.
Visit a Waterfall:
Vindhyachal is also known for its numerous waterfalls in the area coming down from the Vindhya ranges. Visit the Tanda Waterfall to have a rejuvenating experience with nature. You can also trek up to Lakhaniya Dari to enjoy a Bath in the gushing waterfall that falls from a height of 150 m to have a refreshing experience.
Visit a Fort:
There are numerous forts in Vindhyachal that were built and established by various kings in the bygone eras. The Agori Fort built by the Kharwar and Chandel Kings has breathtaking views from the top of the structure. You can also go to Chunar Fort to absorb some history of the region as well as appreciate the architecture of the structure.
Food is an important part of any trip and eating in a place like Vindhyachal, you can only imagine how quaint the eateries must be. You can find all kinds of cuisine in this town; all the way from Punjabi, north Indian and south Indian dishes to even Chinese cuisine. If you are visiting in winter and would like to have a nice hot cup of tea after you get off the train, head over to Aswita tea café, located at 4km from the train station to enjoy a cup of tea and some pakodas. You can also go to Hotel Litti Wala to enjoy some tasty north Indian and south Indian food. If you are craving sweets, go to Lallu Ram Misthan Bhandar or Ashoka Seets and Ashoka Baker to find some of the most delectable sweets. Other than these, you will find a selection of food stalls a little away from temples and other attractions.
When in Vindhyachal, it is most likely that you have gone there as a pilgrim and you would want to shop from shops that sell things related to temples. Outside every temple, especially the Vindhyavasini Devi Temple and the Ashtabhuja Temple, you can find various Prasad shops that sell all sorts of things like malas, incense sticks, flowers, idols of Hindu Gods and many other things that you may need to perform pujas inside the temple of even to take back home. Other than this you can find many street shops that sell handicrafts made by the locals and other items that act as souvenirs. If you are looking to shop for more items like saris, cloth material, jewelry and bronze and brass items, then you may want to head over to other parts of Mirzapur.