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Alamgir Mosque

Nr. Panchganga Ghat, Varanasi 221002, India
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Mosque that used to be a Hindu temple

This ghat is distinguished by the fact that the son of Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal) tore... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2016
flaneur40
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New York City, New York
Top of the World from outside

The mosque looked quite imposing on top of the ghats. We were told this is the highest point and... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2016
Kaniz K
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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Nr. Panchganga Ghat, Varanasi 221002, India
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

This ghat is distinguished by the fact that the son of Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal) tore down a Hindu temple here and built a mosque on the site. He is the one who imprisoned his father in Agra Fort and then went...More

Thank flaneur40
Reviewed 20 November 2016

The mosque looked quite imposing on top of the ghats. We were told this is the highest point and from top one has a great view of Varanasi. Outside architecture of the mosque looks great with tall minarets all around. The temples of the Hindus...More

1  Thank Kaniz K
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Alamgir Mosque is situate at Panchganga ghat. We need to climb few steps to reach this mosque from Panchganga ghat. Veni(Beni) Madhav temple also situated opposite to this mosque. As i heard Aurangazeb occupied the Veni Madhav temple and constructed this mosque.

Thank pavankumarraju
Reviewed 22 February 2016

Since the toews were taken don for risk of falling, you cant really tell this is amosque until somebody tells you. We arrived there totally by chance, and were amazed by the place, history and voews.

Thank elquebraley
Reviewed 31 January 2016

This mosque is very old and maintained by the trust. In the evening they light up the tombs with some colourful lights to give a nice view to it. Good place.

Thank Namratatanwani
Reviewed 9 January 2016

The Alamgir Mosque, Varanasi, also known as Beni Madhav ka Darera and Aurangzeb's Mosque, is a mosque built in the 17th century by emperor Aurangzeb over the ruins of a Hindu temple in Varanasi. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Hindu temple, built by Beni Madhur...More

1  Thank Rui AF P
Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

A real quit place with a small square and amazing view over Ganges. We got a nice little show of the mosque. Not really that impressive on the inside but it was nice. We paid about a hundred rupees each. A little expensively compared to...More

Thank Josefin W
Reviewed 30 September 2015

OK, the mosque has a good view and it has also an interesting history. I went inside the mosque and the man in charge told me that an English man had flown into the minerat and that is why there is none today. The mosque...More

Thank Sasanf
Reviewed 22 July 2015

It quite beautiful and the history is pretty amazing. There was a beni madhav mandir (vishnu temple) and Aurangzeb (the last Mughal Emperor of India) demolished it and build the mosque in it's place. People forget that certain remains of the beni madhav temple are...More

1  Thank banarasi2014
Reviewed 19 November 2014

I was walking the ghats all the way from Assi Ghat to Kashi Railway Station. I saw the rising minarets from the riverfront and asked a young 10 year old boy how can I get up there. The boy said he can be my guide...More

2  Thank Jimmy C
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