Jaunpur is a bustling town 58 kilometers from Varanasi. The place has a great architectural relevance. There are some beautiful mosques that were built in a unique style that is part Islamic and part Hindu and Jain. Founded by Feroze Shah Tughlaq in 1360 on an ancient site, Jaunpur became the capital of the independent Muslim Sharqui kingdom. The most impressive mosques were constructed between 1394 and 1478. Kaimur Sanctuary is another famous excursion destination. Spread over an area of 500 sq. kilometers the sanctuary has a variety of wildlife. The Mukha waterfall is a major tourist attraction.
Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 70 kilometers Southeast of the cultural city of Varanasi. It can be plainly established that Chandraprabha is one of the less known and neglected wildlife sanctuary of India. Nevertheless is the best place around Varanasi to break the monotony. The place is a strict no-no for the “Karma-chameleons” but if all those talks about ‘Karma’ and ‘Nimit Matra’ have started taking toll on your otherwise nascent brain, then Chandraprabha is a place to be.
Chunargarh is located just 45 odd kilometers from Varanasi and falls in Mirzapur district. The city has a very deep historical importance because of the Chunar Fort that stands just off the town. It is said that Maharaja Vikramaditya, the king of Ujjain established the fort of Chunar as back as 56 BC. King Sahdeo who also built a stone umbrella like cenotaph inside the fort in order to commemorate his victory over 52 different rulers later inhabited it.
There is a concept of Shaktipeeth in India. Shaktipeeth are actually places where the Goddess of power or the female part of power is supposed to be residing. The female part of Power has been named Shakti and is worshiped in the form of Goddess Durga. Situated at the distance of 90 Km from Varanasi, Vindhyachal is famous for its temples namely Vindhyavasini, Asthbhuja and Kalikhoh.