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VARANASI – THE INDIA YOU IMAGINED
Varanasi, also called Benares, Banaras, or Kashi, is that place you imagined India to be. It is colorful, vivacious, sacred, soulful, and spectacular. From its fascinating history to myriad religious rituals and destinations, its labyrinth of old alleys where every brick tells a million stories, the age-old customs that makes you feel like touching history with your very fingers, and the panorama of images and colors that is a pleasure of every shutter bug – you ask for it, and Varanasi has it on offer.
Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world and the ultimate pilgrimage for Hindus, who believe that to die in the city is to attain instant salvation, or Nirvana. Situated on the banks of the Ganga, Varanasi is the tract of holy land lying between the rivers Varuna and Assi. Which flow into the Ganga. Varanasi is also known as Kashi, the city of light, since one of the twelve "Jyotirlinga" is installed here.
Varanasi has been a great cultural center, especially in the field of music, learning and the craft of silk weaving. Some of most renowned exponents of music have drawn their inspiration from Varanasi.
- Area: 1,550 km²
- Elevation: 81 m
- Weather: 38°C, Wind W at 29 km/h, 17% Humidity
- Population: 1.092 million (2001) UNdata
- Local time: Tuesday 2:18 PM
- Number of airports: 1
- Getting there: 1 h 20 min flight, around ₹ 5,265. View flights