Banaras Hindu University

Entry : free

Address : Banaras Hindu University, Ajagara, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Website :

Phone : 054223685581

Why to visit Banaras Hindu University

Banaras Hindu University, formerly Central Hindu College, is a prestigious educational institution and a well-liked tourist destination in Varanasi. The institution, which sprawls across a huge area of 1300 acres of land, was established in 1916 by Madan Mohan Malviya.


  • The campus is shaped like a semicircle with arc-shaped roads. 
  • The structure is a prime example of early Indo-Gothic design. 
  • There are over 60 hostels that house over 12000 students.
  • The complex also has a museum, a library, and a hospital.

Best Features:

  • Sayaji Rao Gaekwad Library: With more than 13 million books, this is the campus's biggest library. The university has numerous additional libraries, but none of them are accessible to outside visitors.
  • Shri Vishwanath Mandir: This temple is situated in the heart of the college. The temple is made up of seven various shrines that date back to the turn of the 20th century. The temple's construction took 30 years to complete.
  • Bharat Kala Bhavan: A renowned archaeological museum that houses statues, woodwork, and other antique artefacts. This museum has more than one lakh objects on display.

Timing for Bharat Kala Bhavan: 10:00 - 4:30 from July - April, and 7:30 - 12: 30 from May to June.  

Ticket cost for Bharat Kala Bhavan: ₹ 50 

Nearby Attractions: 

  • Ruchika Art Gallery (2.4 km)
  • Sankat Mochan Temple (2.2 km)
  • Assi Ghat (3.1 km)
  • Monkey Temple (2.7 km)

Nearby Restaurants:

  • Mr. Shawarma (0.4 km)
  • Pahuna Kitchen (0.4 km)
  • Green Leaf Family Restaurant and Cafe (1.4 km)
  • Roma’s Cafe Diner (2.2 km)

Distance from Varanasi: 7.1 km

Best Time to Visit: Anytime except at night

Ideal duration: 1-2 hour

FAQ on Banaras Hindu University

What is the cost of entrance fees at Banaras Hindu University?

The university doesn't charge an entrance fee. Visitors to Bharat Kala Bhavan should purchase admission.

What are the nearby attractions close to Banaras Hindu University?

The nearby attractions include: Ruchika Art Gallery (2.4 km), Sankat Mochan Temple (2.2 km), and Assi Ghat (3.1 km).

What are the nearby restaurants close to Banaras Hindu University?

The nearby restaurants include: Mr. Shawarma (0.4 km), Pahuna Kitchen (0.4 km), and Green Leaf Family Restaurant and Cafe (1.4 km).

How to reach Banaras Hindu University?

Visitors can board buses at the BHU bus stop and disembark. Visitors can also go to the institution by bus, getting off at Sunbeam Bus Station, and then walking west for roughly 600 metres (660 yards).

What time does Banaras Hindu University open and close?

Banaras Hindu University is an university, hence it is open every day of the week. This location is open to visitors every day from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Special Tip

If you want to see every part of this campus, which is impossible for tourists to see on foot, it is advised that you hire a rickshaw. Also, without permission, you are not permitted to access the college.

By Rebecca Lal

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