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It is India's religious capital, frequently called as Banaras or Kashi or Benaras. Situated in the southeastern part of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, this holy city seems to be relaxing on the shores of sacred Ganga river Ganges. As a part of their pilgrimage tour, people from several parts of the world come here to take holy dips at the popular Ganga Ghats. This includes a major belief that by doing so all their sins would be sanitized and they will be able to lead a blissful life. As a result, you can discover over 80 different ghats here. Further, as such its history of formation is still an attention-grabbing mystery for the tourists, but it is believed that localities think that it is not the part of earth, and is located on the 'Trident' of Lord Shiva. However, the city is serene and has been named after the two tributaries of Ganges flowing through the city named Varuna and Assi rivers, and later modified to Benaras and re-christened Varanasi.
Since the time immemorial, the city has been famous as as the cultural capital of India. It is also a learning center for many scholars, and shows off as many as 6 different universities for a better experience. You may feel speechless within you after knowing that the city beautiful homes the largest residential University in Asia, the Banaras Hindu University or BHU. Moreover, this is the only place where Tulsi Das composed the very famous Ram Charit Manas and if get time you can also visit the well known Tulsi Manas Mandir. Varanasi in India is a very unique place to explore some really awesome shrimes like Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Durga temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, etc. all are a perfect option to discover the heavenly wonders around you. However, for some worldly entertainment you can visit local bazaars to buy the famous Banarasi sarees or else purchase Sitar, Tabla and Shehnai for a refreshing foray in music.
Summer 45 - 30 C
Winter 15 - 5 C
October - March
Getting to Varanasi
The city's airport is connected by flights from major cities in India.
Varanasi is a major railway junction connecting several important cities in India.
Varanasi is connected by good motorable roads.
565 km from Agra
128 km from Allahabad
286 km from Lucknow
330 km from Kanpur
405 km from Khajuraho
246 km from Patna