Varanasi – the spiritual capital of India attracts thousands of people every year to take the last breaths of their lives. The city is considered as the Royal residence of Hindu Lord Shiva. People believe that Lord Shiva shower his blessings on them during their last days and provide them with Moksha.
Varanasi is located on the banks of River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. It covers a total area of around 112.1 sq km and situated 320 km south-east of Lucknow and 121 km east of Allahabad. One can easily visit it via train or flight as it is served by the Varanasi Junction Railway Station and Lal Bahadur Sashtri International Airport.
Varanasi’s history relates to the mythological era. It was believed to be founded by Lord Shiva. It is also believed that Pandavas visited Shiva in Varanasi to atone their sins in the Kurukshetra War. If Archeological discoveries are to be believed, the city has proved the existence of inhabitants from 800 BCE. Gautam Buddha founded Buddhism in the city around 528 BCE, following which the city served as the Kingdom of Kashi. The city was also ruled by the Pala Empire, Chero Dynasty, and Mughal Empire.
Varanasi is the religious hub of India. It finds its name among the 7 sacred cities of India. Besides having a huge spiritual significance, it is also a leading trading center. Its silver and gold brocades, muslin and silk fabrics, ivory works, sculpture, and Banarasi Silk sarees are world popular. It is home to Asia’s largest University i.e Banaras Hindu University. Different forms of ancient holistic healing sciences including Yoga have strong roots in this city.
Varanasi has a history of enriched cultural importance. During the Muslim rule, the city served as an important center of Hindu devotion, pilgrimage, mysticism, and poetry. The city experienced a cultural revival when Mughal emperor Akbar built two large temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva in the 16th century. It is also a center of religious education. The city is also a hub of rich literature and cultural music. Literary geniuses like Tulsi Das, Munsi Prem Chand, and Musical maestro Ravi Shankar and Ustad Bismillah Khan have strong roots in this city.
We have designed various Varanasi Tour Packages covering day tours, activities, sightseeings. The best time to visit Varanasi is from November to February. If you are in this holy city, you should surely not miss out on your chances to indulge in a rendezvous with God by visiting the beautiful temples. An evening stroll along the Ghats of Ganges is a must to watch the majestic sunset. Take part in the evening aarti ceremonies at the Ganges River. Tourists can also take a sightseeing tour to the pilgrimage site Sarnath. To feed your shopaholic soul, visit shopping spots like Vishwanath lane and Thateri Bazaar to land yourself some amazing deals. Last but not least, the street foods of Varanasi are some of the finest delicacies one should not miss out on.