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Adorned with epithets like 'the religious capital of India' and 'the city of temples', Varanasi (Banaras) (Banaras) is the holiest of holy cities for Hindus. Not only does the city attract countless pilgrims, it's a place where many choose to spend their last days. Belief goes that the one who dies here attains eternal salvation.
Alternatively known as Benaras and Kashi, the holy city of Varanasi (Banaras) (Banaras) lies on the banks of the Ganges. Said to have been founded by Lord Shiva himself, this place finds mention in the epic sagas of 'Ramayana' and the 'Mahabharata'. Most people conforming to the Hindu faith strive to visit Varanasi (Banaras) (Banaras) at least once in their lives. Many of the temples here are centuries old, with some of the most prominent ones being Vishwanath Temple, Gauri Matha Temple, and Kaal Bhairav Temple. 

Viewing the holy Ghats from a boat and taking a dip in the Ganges are considered as one of the 'must experience' things in one's lifetime. Wake up before sunrise to catch the painting-like shadows of early bathers and boatmen. There are vast stretches of sand on the eastern bank of the Ganga, so you can see the day breaking over the horizon. Sit on a boat with the lilt of the boatman’s accent and his splashing oars and watch the ghats glow. There’s always a breeze, always a floating bowl of leaves with marigolds, and gulls and pigeons on floating logs. 

The oldest inhabited city has been capturing Bollywood’s fancy for many years now. The vivid example of this is the movie Raanjhanaa where one could see the charm of the Varanasi ghats and lanes. Masaan, another critically acclaimed movie, is also based on the city of Banaras aka Varanasi. Enchanting ghats and religious diversity have always been a fascination for Bollywood movies.


Sari connoisseurs will have a field day here selecting some of the finest silks Varanasi (Banaras) is known for. The ghats — literally ‘flights of steps’ but more like theatres of life — stretch for some 3 km along the riverfront. They are the beating heart of Varanasi; you can stroll down the entire stretch over a day and never be bored. The whiplash sound of dhobis washing clothes, later arrays of prismatic clothes drying, children flying kites, moronic looking goats, pandas under picturesque umbrellas, foreigners with cameras. Towards the extreme north lies Raj Ghat, the site of ancient Varanasi, with Adi Keshava, the primordial Vishnu temple, physically 200 years old but with a tradition stretching back to the Puranas. Going south from Raj Ghat, you can take a boat till the Panchganga Ghat.The holy city is also home to spectacular festivals such as Dev Deepali (the biggest festival), Bharat Milap, Mahashivratri, Buddha Purnima and Hanuman Jayanti. Plan a trip to Varanasi (Banaras) during Dev Deepali and you will fall in love with the place for sure. 
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Jan 22 2013
Actually Pramodji, most of the revered "gurus" and saints are going to be in Prayag (Allahabad) during Jan-Feb period for the Mahakumbh, so some of the best kathas / Srimadbhagwat kathas from famous katha-vaachaks are going to be held there. S ... read more
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There isn't a facility to book Andhra Bhavan online yet. However, here are the contact details for telebooking:Andhra Ashram  Near Manasarowar Ghat, Varanasi, IndiaTelephone: +91-542 2450418Tariff: INR 75 to INR 800 per nightPlease bear i ... read more
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Breathtaking City!
Jun 27 2016
A city which is older than anything...Come to this city if you want to understand India, if you want to understand Hinduism, if you want to understand religion, if you want to understand spirituality or if you want rediscover yourself.
It is Varanasi!
Dec 05 2014
You don't have to ask for a reason to go! Just go! Because it is Varanasi! It is huge crowed, yet It is peaceful. It is very dirty, yet It is the place for cleaning peoples dirt and karma. It is very ancient yet It is very fresh. It is the place fo ...... read more
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