Varanasi

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Varanasi, also known as Banaras or Kashi is a city on the banks of the Ganges in the Uttar Pradesh state of North India, 320 kilometres (200 mi) south-east of the state capital, Lucknow, and 121 kilometres, east of Allahabad. A major religious hub in India, it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. Varanasi lies along National Highway 2, which connects it to Kolkata, Kanpur, Agra, and Delhi, and is served by Varanasi Junction railway station and Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport.Other than the religious importance; Varanasi has also become an important industrial state famous for its muslin and silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works.

This is one of the holiest cities in India, where thousands of pilgrims especially Hindus from different parts of the world to bath in the holy Ganges river in belief to wash away their sins and also to cremate their loved ones. The place is also believed to be a place where if one dies receives salvation. Most visitors will love the experience in this place but for the faint hearted it could be a little overwhelming as there are some heart wrenching sights when intimate rituals of life and death take place in public, and the sights, sounds and smells on the ghats can cause you some discomfort. However, the scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganga at sunrise set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world.

Varanasi is a hub for the Hindus as well as some Jains that come here to complete several rituals and rites. The place can be scorching hot during the summer so it’s advisable to visit around the time of October and March when the weather is comparatively better than anytime else.

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