Vindhyachal is located approximately 70 kms away from another holy city of the Hindus, Varanasi. Devout on a religious tour in Uttar Pradesh, always makes it a point to stop by at Vindhyachal and pay homage to Goddess Vindhyavasini. As per Markandaya Purana, Goddess Vindhyavasini had incarnated to destroy demon king Mahisasura and his troop.
Geography of Vindhyachal
Vindhyachal is situated around 8 kms from the main city of Mirzapur and falls under Mirzapur district. It is mainly a mountainous region on Vindhya Range in Uttar Pradesh. The entire area is abundant with flora and fauna with bare minimum human inhabitation. The Indian Standard Time (IST) crosses through Vindhyachal railway station.
Climate of Vindhyachal
Vindhyachal witnesses extreme summer and winter temperatures. This climatic feature is common in almost entire northern regions of India. Summers are from March to June where temperatures reach as high as 46°C, the average being 30°C. July to September is the monsoons. Vindhyachal acquires a fresh green look with budding leaves and trees growing all over the place. Winter season is from December to February. The day temperatures usually hover around 32°C and nights are cold with temperatures falling below 10°C. October to March is the best time to visit Vindhyachal. This period is perfect for sightseeing and other tourist activities like trekking and cycling. July to September is also good for short trips. The road, however, remains quite muddy during this time. Avoid the summers because of its extreme temperature.
Culture of Vindhyachal
Vindhyachal is mostly a tourist spot with very little human habitation. The few people residing in the region are either from tribal community or locals from nearby cities of Mirzapur district. It is a Hindi-speaking belt dominated largely by the Hindus. Being a religious place, people residing in the area are conservative and conform to following religious Hindu dictate.
Tourism in Vindhyachal
There are more tourists in Vindhyachal than local residents. The city is one of the most revered Shaktipeeths of Hindu religion. Vindhyachal is also the home of Goddess Vindyavasini, which also happens to be the major attraction of the place. Thousands of people visit Vindhyachal during Navratris and other auspicious days to receive blessings from the Goddess.
If you are planning to spend a day or two in Vindhyachal, Rahi Ratri Niwas and Hotel Gayatri Palace are the only two options. These hotels are equipped with every basic facilities to make your stay comfortable. Since these are the only two choices, they remain crowded on most days. To be on the safe side, make a prior booking before heading to Vindhyachal.
There are other sacred sites in Vindhyachal like:
- Sita Kund
- Ashtabhuja Temple
- Kali Koh
- Narad Ghat
- Motiya Talab
- Budeh Nath Temple
- Ramgaya Ghat
- Taradevi Temple
- Lal Bhairav and Kal Bhairav temple
- Gerua Talab
- Ekdant Ganesh
- Matsyendra Kund
- Sapta Sarovar
- Goraksha Kund
- Sakshi Gopal temple
- Kankali Devi Temple
- Bhairav Kund
- Shivashiv Samooha Avadhoot Ashram
- Bhairav Kund
Shopping and Food in Vindhyachal
The hilly regions of Vindhyachal are predominantly a religious site with very limited shopping options. There are, however, small stalls and kiosks selling beautiful handicraft items and jewellery that might catch your eye.
Food option is also very limited in the region. There are no plush hotels or restaurants in Vindhyachal and you will have to depend on roadside dhabas. Being a religious site, most of these dhabas serve vegetarian cuisine mostly comprising rice, chapatis, lentils and green vegetables.
Festivals in Vindhyachal
During Ram Navami, Shiv Ratri and Nav Ratri fairs are held annually to rejoice the occasion. Shravan mela is also another important fair in the region. Other important festivals include Vithal Utsav, held in December and Kantit Sharif Urs held from 5th to 7th day of Rajab month.
Kajali Mahotsav is a musical festival held in the month of June. Eminent artistes from all over India are invited to participate in this cultural festival.
How to Reach Vindhyachal
Vindhyachal is 8 kms from Mirzapur. Frequent buses and taxis depart from Mirzapur, Varanasi and Allahabad for Vindhyachal. Vindhyachal also has its own railway station but only express or mail trains stop at this junction. The nearest major station is Varanasi railway station which is about 90 kms away. This railway station has connectivity to all important cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Allahabad and many more.
The nearest airport is Babatpur or Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi. Cabs from the airport to Vindhyachal are available.
Quick facts on Vindhyachal
Average Temperature: 30°C
Average Rainfall: 1,110mm
Languages: Hindi, Urdu, English
Religions: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism
Best Time to visit: October to March
STD Code: 05542