There are a lot of things that we love about Varanasi and each time we visit there, the list keeps growing. The city is no doubt vibrant with its colours and smell. And added to the already vivacity of the city is the incredible Varanasi Street Art. These Varanasi Wall arts or wall paintings are something that we discovered in the last few years of our Varanasi trips. Every time we travel to Varanasi, our eyes find some new wall art on the roads, ghats and even in the alleys. In this blog, we are going to take you on a journey through the amazing Varanasi street art and wall paintings.
To be honest, Indian cities and towns never had a thriving wall art scene before. But the scene is changing now. We saw some amazing street art when we visited Bishnupur. Darjeeling was also not immune to street art. It is always good to see the lifeless walls and spaces being filled with colours and ideas!
Street Art – What and When?
Street art has a long history that is also mired in controversies. Graffiti can be safely called as the precursors of street art and murals. Graffiti, in itself, was more of a guerilla street art prevalent in the 1960s and ’70s. Graffiti in its initial days were more transgressed – being in exact conflict with the “accepted” social and moral norms. Mostly the artwork served as a way to express frustration with the government or society at large.
With time graffiti and street art has evolved. Street art is now created in public spaces and they tend to convey a message. Still, in the realm of the urban environment, street artists nowadays use various forms to convey their thoughts through art.
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Varanasi Street Art
Street art can be seen in a lot of spaces in Varanasi. The area around the Ghats in Varanasi served as a great canvas for the Varanasi Street art and the artists. The walls, water tanks have and almost every dull space received a colourful makeover. Obviously the street art at the Varanasi Ghats is mostly with religious tones having figures of Gods. But we were surprised to see a few abstract ones as well.
Some of these paintings are really and the artists deserve applauds for such a piece of wall art. We saw quite a number of people taking pictures, especially the young ones taking selfies!
Varanasi Street Art – Where?
We definitely recommend you to take a stroll to the ghats. And don’t just stay satisfied with the main ones. You will see a lot of cool graffitis and artwork between Assi Ghat and Dashashwamedh Ghat. But go beyond Dashashwamedh. Infact walk beyond Manikarnika towards Raj Ghat. You will see some vibrant and colourful artwork there.
The next one would be the Kachahari Chauraha in Hamrautia locality. This place is full of Varanasi Street art, mainly around the circle area.
Apart from these, just keep your eyes open for Varanasi street art and wall art. They can be found anywhere in the city. We even saw a few in the Cantonment area.
Do not miss the alleys and lanes as well. Some of the most beautiful artwork is hidden in the narrow alleys of Varanasi.
To cut the long story short, we travel to Varanasi to look for street and wall art apart from its Ghats, Ganga Aarti, temples, alleys and food! I guess the list will keep on increasing.
Like every other street art, the ones in Varanasi are not permanent. The canvas changes, artists change and so does the artwork. And Agni and I keep telling each other, “There was some other graffiti here last year”!
Varanasi Street Art in Photographs
The face of Brahma is painted on the large pillar near Rajendra Prasad Ghat. I was almost sure that this place had some other picture the previous time we visited.
This huge face is found at the Babua Pandey Ghat!
Is this a crocodile? Or is it a Dinosaur?
Some abstract Wall art in Varanasi
This photograph is our favourite! Just look at the child looking below!
Oh! We all love posing in front of some colourful background! Don’t we?
And here are some of the most colourful wall arts in Varanasi!
And when you explore the Alleys of Varanasi!
How to Reach Varanasi?
Varanasi is a city located in Uttar Pradesh. It has a domestic airport that receives flights from New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and other major cities of India.
Varanasi is also well connected by trains from all over India. There are 3 major railway stations in Varanasi – Varanasi Junction, Kashi and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction (DDU).
DDU was earlier known as Mughalsarai Junction and is located about 18 km from Varanasi city. It is an important station and receives most of the important trains like Rajdhani and Duronto Express. You will get auto-rickshaw and cars from DDU station to Varanasi city. It takes about 35 to 40 minutes to reach Varanasi city from DDU in normal traffic.
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