Banaras or Varanasi has its history dating back to Indian civilisation. Situated in the banks of the river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh Banaras aka Kashi as it is widely known is the oldest living city in the world and has been the prominent pilgrimage destination for Hindus for ages. Lord Buddha preached His first morals after enlightenment at Sarnath, 10 km away from Banaras.
Banaras is the city of temples and learning. It is the core for knowledge, philosophy, cultural activities, devotion to Gods; Indian has been mushroomed here for ages. This overcrowded city is famous for rich cultural heritage and is most favoured destination for travellers and tourists all over the world. It has in its ambience age old culture of fine art and literature. It takes pride for being the home land of many great poets and writer viz. Kabir das, Ravi das, Tulsi das, Munshi Premchand and numerous others. The local population celebrate numerous festivals in traditional styles in tandem with classical and folk culture of this region. The city being the cultural capital of India has attained natural purity because of presence of Ganges.
Food in Banaras is traditional and is be quested from Eastern UP and other surrounding states. One can get the variety of indigenous recipes cooked with Indian spices that leaves mesmerising tastes in your taste buds. The city is also famous for its mouth watering street food from yummy chats to special khachodis. Here hunger is never let to starve as you will find something or the other to eat at any part of the city at any point of time. You cannot forget the world famous Banaras Paan, mixture of beetle leaves, tobacco and lime is all time favourite chewing item.
The city has in its lap many religious destinations that are the favoured by tourists all over. It is enriched with many ancient temples like Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Kal Bhairava, Durga kund and Annapoorna temple. The hordes of people across the globe visit this holy place to purify their sin by bathing in the river Ganges. Other places that are worth visiting are Manikarnika Ghat, Ramnagar Fort, Dhamek Stupa, Chaukundi Stupa and Gyanvapi Mosque.
Shopping in Banaras provides a unique experience of spiritual enlightenment. The city is famous for silk saris, carpets and handicrafts. The Banaras silk saris are world famous, the art of which are in the genes handed down from mother to daughter. The city is famous for its multifarious mouth watering assortment of Indian sweetmeats. The city has blossomed as a place of Authentic Ayurveda and Panchakarma treatment.
Staying in Banaras is not an issue as you can come across innumerable hotels catering every individual’s hue. Budget hotels to luxury hotels all will provide good hospitality and make you feel homely. Almost all the hotels of Banaras have modern amenities making your stay a memorable experience.
Banaras is an unquestionable haven of peace blended with divine serenity and a bustling temple city which is a melting pot which coalesce death and life under one roof.