Banaras Hindu University or BHU is an old public university that is functioning since 1919. It is the largest residential university in Asia, 3rd best university in the country and 10th best university in the world. Although the college has the word ‘Hindu’ in it, it allows students of all creed, religion and ethnicity. Students from foreign lands also study in this university.
The main campus of the university spreads over more than 1300 acres of land, which was donated by the last ruler of Varanasi, Kashi Naresh. The South campus covers 2700 acres of land, which includes Agriculture Science Center.
BHU is located in Varanasi. The Babatpur airport is located 22 km from Varanasi and it is the nearest airport to the university. From the airport or the railway station, many private and government transportations are available to reach the university. The university is located in Lanka area of the city.
The campus is a semi circle with roads in the form of arcs. The building is an example of ancient Indo-Gothic architecture. The campus has 60+ hostels. Top attractions inside the university are
There is not entry fee for the university. Bharat Kala Bhavan visitors should buy entrance ticket.
The university is open throughout the year. Tourists are allowed to visit the university between 10 am and 6 pm. The best time to visit the university is from October to March. The climate will be mild during this period and suits sightseeing.
Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, a lawyer and independence hero started the university. The plan for the university started in the year of 1911, foundation for the university started in the year of 1914 and it took two years to complete the university. With the help from Annie Besant, Malviya started the progress and it took several years to gather funds required for the construction. The university was opened in the year of 1919.