India’s cultural capital, Varanasi – The City of Light, is the ultimate pilgrimage destination of all devout Hindus in search of salvation from the cycle of birth and rebirth. One of the world’s oldest living cities, Varanasi is "older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend” as Mark Twain had rightly remarked.
Situated on the banks of the holy River Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, Varanasi is believed to have been the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who stood upon this land at the beginning of time. Steeped in tradition and mythological legacy, Varanasi is also considered sacred because of the presence of the mighty Ganges River, which, many believe, possesses miraculous powers to wash away the sins of mortals.
Varanasi – The City of Light attracts scores of pilgrims and devotees from all corners of the world. A Tour to Varanasi can be the experience of a lifetime, a self–discovery of its own kind, whereby your body and soul will experience an eternal oneness.
Among the main tourist places in Varanasi are the numerous Hindu temples, ashrams and ghats, several Buddhist Stupas and Jain temples. The Ganga Ghats are the main center of rituals and religious activities in Benares. The prominent Hindu temples worth visit while on Varanasi tour packages include the Durga temple, Sankat Mochan temple, Vishwanath temple, Tulsi Manas temple and Bharat Mata temple.
Though the origin of Varanasi is not clearly known, the town is believed to have witnessed the flourish of knowledge, philosophy, culture, devotion to Gods, arts and crafts. Every year, hundreds and thousands of devout Hindus flock to this holy city, with a wish to expiate their sins. Since time immemorial, Varanasi has attracted hundreds and thousands of pilgrims and tourists from all corners of the world.
An important cultural and religious centre of northern India for ages, Varanasi is also renowned for the Benares Gharana (school) of Indian classical music which had its origin here. The City of Lord Shiva is also home to the distinguished Banaras Hindu University (BHU), one of the greatest centers of learning in India. Besides, Varanasi has been home to numerous eminent Indian philosophers, poets, writers, and musicians. The local people of Varanasi are true exponents of literature, music, Vedic philosophy, arts, crafts and architecture.
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