The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is one of the oldest varsities in India. It was founded by renowned social reformer and freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, in 1916, with the assistance of British socialist Dr Annie Besant. The sprawling 1,300-acre main university campus located on the outskirts of Varanasi was built on land donated by the ruler of Kashi. The university counts many freedom fighters, as well as a great number of scholars, artistes and scientists among its alumni. With well-maintained roads, a large temple, an airstrip and several buildings of architectural significance, the university, with a dense green cover, resembles a sub-city. Its wide streets are lined with trees on either side and make for great walking avenues. With accommodation available for over 30,000 students within the main campus, BHU is one of the largest residential universities in Asia. One should visit this campus for its unique buildings and a museum called Bharat Kala Bhavan, which lies within the premises. The museum houses miniature paintings, palm-leaf manuscripts, sculptures and history displays. These highly valuable archives are more than a lakh in number. One can also interact with the locals and students while visiting the campus.

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