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Varanasi

Once known as Banaras and Kashi, Varanasi is the historical and the one of the holiest cities in India. The most revered Hindu pilgrim city of India, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities of the country which are continuously inhabited. Scenes at Varanasi are overwhelming and this city displays some of the best aspects of the nation called India. Walking through the narrow alleyways of Varanasi one can sense the life at the city oozing out with vibrancy. Ancient temples adorning the banks of holy Ganges are witness to congregation of thousands of devotees who visit the ravine for spiritual bathing and to cremate fellow members.

Views at the Ghats of Varanasi along the River Ganga are some of the most impressive sights. Pilgrims offering devotion sunset as the backdrop is such an enchanting sight, you should never miss while on a trip to Northern India. Varanasi is counted among the most revered Hindu pilgrimage because it is believed to be created by Lord Shiva. Rivers Varuna flows on its north and river Assi to the south and both flow into Ganga. A boat cruise is surely the best way to explore the religious life at 100 ghats and various temples of this city.

There are number of famous temples and holy Ghats in Varanasi. Ghat is the term used for the banks of the rivers. The well known temples in Varanasi are Vishwanath Temple, Nepali Hindu Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Durga Temple and others.

There are more than hundred Ghats in the city. These Ghats have cemented stairs. Some are as ancient as the city itself and some new are in construction. Worshippers visit Ghats in Varanasi to take a dip in Holy Ganga as it is believed that taking a dip in Ganga cleanses away all of your sins. Famous Ghats are Narad Ghat, Panchganga Ghat, Manikarna Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Harishchandra Ghat, Tulsi Ghat and more.

Almost all the Hindus make it point to visit Varanasi at least once in their lifetime. Varanasi is not like any other typical tourist destination; rather it is the spectacle it offers of life, death and other events of life, all on the banks of Ganga. Other interesting sites lie in the old meandering alleys of the ancient city.

The age old tradition of pilgrimage in the holy city of Varanasi is a legacy that is still followed by the consecrated devotees. One of the most sacred pilgrimage paths is Panchkoshi Parikrama which is a walk of fifty mile encompassing over 108 shrines along with the main Panchakoshi Temple. The city also has other pilgrimage routes such as Nagara Pradakshina which will take you to over seventy shrines of Hindus. The spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism of the city has been a cause of curiosity for many since time immemorial and it still continues its legacy with great vivacity and character.