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Varanasi is located in Uttar Pradesh an eastern state of India. Varanasi or Bananas is one of major spiritual and cultural cities and is among the oldest living cities of the world. There are many temples and ghats built between eighteenth and nineteenth century. Each of the hundred ghats, big and small, is marked by a lingam and occupies its own special place in the Hindu religion.
Varanasi, the 'eternal city' is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India for the Hindus. Also known as Kashi, the city has been a center of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. It is a major tourist attraction for its long string of bathing ghats on the steps of the river Ganges. Places of interest include the Golden temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; the great mosque of Aurangzeb; Durga temple; Vishwanath temple; Bharat Mata temple; and the Ramnagar Fort Museum. A boat ride down the River Ganges at dawn is an experience to remember. Not far from here are Sarnath and Bodhgaya, the major Buddhist pilgrimage centers.
The Ghtas get crowed early in the morning with the first ray of sun. A common sight in the morning is, bathers, Brahmin (priests) offering puja and people practicing meditation and yoga. Hindus regard the river Ganges sacred and its water brings purity to the living and salvation to the dead. Glorified by myth and legend and sanctified by religion, it has always attracted a large number of pilgrims and worshipers from times immemorial.
Varanasi, the land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich legacy of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world- renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in the Varanasi tradition and origins.
Varanasi is famous for silk brocades and Banaras saris and are cherished as collector's items across the world.
How to reach Varanasi :
By Air: from New Delhi, Khajuraho, Mumbai (Bombay)
By Rail: From all major cities including New Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Gwalior, Meerut, Indore, Guwahati, Allahabad, Lucknow, Dehradun and others.
- By Road: Some important road distances are: Agra 565 Kilometers, Allahabad 128 Kilometers, Bhopal 791 Kilometers, Bodhgaya 240 Kilometers, Kanpur 330 Kilometers, Khajuraho 405 Kilometers., Lucknow 286 Kilometers, Patna 246 Kilometers, Sarnath 10 Kilometers, Lumbini (Nepal) 386 Kilometers.
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