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Varanasi Junction railway station

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Varanasi Junction, popularly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station is the rail hub in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.[1]

Varanasi Junction
Regional rail and Light rail station
Varanasi Railway Station.JPG
Location Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh
Coordinates 25°19′37″N 82°59′11″E / 25.32694°N 82.98639°E / 25.32694; 82.98639Coordinates: 25°19′37″N 82°59′11″E / 25.32694°N 82.98639°E / 25.32694; 82.98639
Elevation 80.71 metres (264.8 ft)
Line(s) Varanasi-Lucknow line
Varanasi–Rae Bareli–Lucknow line
Varanasi-Sultanpur-Lucknow Line
Varanasi-Allahabad line
Varanasi-Mughalsarai line
Varanasi-Gorakhpur line
Platforms 9 (3 Under Construction)
Tracks 13
Connections Prepaid Auto cum Taxi Stand
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Parking Available
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code BSB
Zone(s) Northern Railway, North Eastern Railway
Division(s) Lucknow (NR)
Opened 1872; 146 years ago (1872)
Electrified Yes
Previous names Oudh & Rohilkund Railway
Varanasi Junction railway station is located in Varanasi district
Varanasi Junction railway station
Varanasi Junction railway station
Location within Varanasi district



It is partly under the administrative control of Lucknow Division of the Northern Railway Zone, and partly under the administrative control of Varanasi Division of the North Eastern Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. Former Railway Minister Ms.Mamata Bannerjee included Varanasi Cant in World-Class Railway Stations development project.


The first railway line to Benares was opened from Howrah station in December 1862. George Turnbull, the Chief Engineer of the East Indian Railway Company was responsible for deciding the route and building the 541-mile line via Bandel, Burdwan, Rajmahal and Patna. This route up the Ganges plain, with few hills, was chosen because of the primitive railway engines then available.

The station was built on the right bank of the Ganges.

In 1872, the Oudh & Rohilkhand Railway Company opened the line from Benares to Lucknow. In 1887, Dufferin Bridge was constructed over the Ganges at Benares allowing trains to go to Mughalsarai.

The present station building on the city side was built while Kamlapati Tripathi was railway minister (1975–77). The cantonment-side building was opened in 1998 by the then railway minister Nitish Kumar. The circulating area was renovated in 2008.

Tourist Information Centre at Varanasi Railway Station, Varanasi


The Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station has modern Route Interlock System with automated signalling system. Varanasi railway station was ranked 14 among 75 busiest A1 category stations on cleanliness scale. The station ranks 30 in overall ranking. Varanasi railway station handles large number of passengers, with more than 250 trains daily.[2]

Important Stations in VaranasiEdit

There are some other important railway stations in the city in order to decrease the rush at Varanasi Junction. Some stations are :

Mughalsarai Junction railway station is located in suburban parts of Varanasi and it's one of the important railway stations in the country. The station serves the population of Varanasi.

Suburban Stations in VaranasiEdit

  • Mughalsarai Junction railway station
  • Sarnath Railway Station
  • Shivpur Railway Station
  • Babatpur Railway Station
  • Lohta Railway Station
  • Raja Talab Railway Station
  • Bhulanpur Railway Station
  • Aunrihar Railway Station



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