Varanasi India - One of the sacred cities of India, Varanasi is definitely not be missed out by those on spiritual trip to India.

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Call it Kashi or Benaras, the holy essence of the city of Varanasi will not change. Varanasi is considered as the city of Moksha by the Hindus since ages. Being an important pilgrimage point of the Hindus, the city is always crowded by innumerable tourists all the year round. People say that a dip in waters of the holy ghats of Varanasi sets an individual free from his or her sins. Varanasi is known to all as the oldest city of the world. The city is not only associated to the Hinduism but also with Buddhism and Jainism.

In Hinduism it is believed that if after death a person is cremated here he gets an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re births. Having a history of about 3000 years, the city is situated on the banks of river Ganges. It is the temples of this city that are the major draws of the place. The aura of 'Bhakti' ( devotion) can be felt everywhere by all those visiting the city of Varanasi.
Main Attractions
Ghats - If in Varanasi, you really cannot miss on spending hours siting near the Ghats and enjoying the nature at its peak. There are around 80 Ghats in Varanasi. Ghats are the steps that lead down to the river. There are a number of Ghat, some of them are: Varanasi Ghat
  • Dasawamadh Ghat
  • Manikarnika Ghat
  • Asi Ghat
  • Mir Ghat
  • Harishchandra Ghat
  • Dattatreya Ghat
  • Barnasangam Ghat
  • Scindhia Ghat
  • Balaji Ghat
  • Lalita Ghat
  • Gwalior Ghat
  • Manmandir Ghat
  • Panchganga Ghat
Temple Land - The aroma of incense sticks, ringing temple bells, humming prayers of the pundits, the flame of the temple Aarati are some of the important features of temples that would persuade you to change the atheist attitude within you if any. At every corner in Varanasi you would come across a temple. Banaras Hindu University - The internationally famed university, Banaras Hindu University is located in Varanasi. National leaders like Madan Mohan Malviya and Dr. Annie Besant played a pivotal role in the formation of this university. The university has a sprawling campus of 1300 acres. And comprises 15000 students and 2000 teachers and nearly 5000 non-teaching staffs.

Ramnagar Fort & Museum - This fort was constructed in the early 18th century. The museum contains old silver and brocade palaquins for the ladies of the court, elephant howdahs made of silver, old brocades, a replica of the royal bed and an armoury of swords and old guns.

Shopper's Delight
Ladies are always delighted by the very idea of shopping and when they land to a place which is said to be the hub of excellent silk sarees, you can very well imagine their state. What to buy and what not???

Brocade and silver embroidered sarees of Varanasi are very famous. Apart from these wonderful pieces of brassware, copperware, wooden and clay toys, hand made carpets, shawls, wall hangings, zari work are the chief buys. The major shopping zones of Varanasi are: How To Reach
By Air - Varanasi is well connected by Air to all the major Indian cities. Several domestic flights operate to and fro from Varanasi to major cities.

By Rail - Varanasi being a major tourist destination is well linked by rail lines to most of the places like Delhi, Mumbai , Kolkata and others. The Kashi Junction and the Varanasi Junction are the two main stations of Varanasi.

By Road - The city of Varanasi has a good network of roads. The public and private buses run through all the major towns.

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