Banaras Hindu University

Banaras Hindu University (BHU)

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.

Where BHU is Located?

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.

What to See in BHU?

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

  • Sayaji Rao Gaekwad library : This is the largest library in the campus with more than 13 million books. There are many other libraries in the university but they are not open to tourists.
  • Shri Vishwanath Mandir : This temple is located in the center of the university. The temple comprises of seven different shrines, whichwere built in the early 20th century. It took 30 years to complete the construction of the temple.
  • Bharat Kala Bhavan : An archaeological museum that is famous for ancient Artifacts, wood works, statues and others. There are more than one lakh items in display in this museum.

Entry Fee of BHU ?

There is not entry fee for the university. Bharat Kala Bhavan visitors should buy entrance ticket.

Best time to visit the university ?

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.

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