Varanasi Travel Guide

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Varanasi, or Banaras, is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi's prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrivalled. Mark Twain, the English author and literature, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Banaras, once wrote: "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". One of the earliest descriptions of Varanasi is found in the Buddhist scriptures as also in the epic, 'Mahabharat'. The 'Pali' version of Varanasi was 'Baranasi' which ultimately gave birth to the name 'Banaras'. According to the 'Vamana Purana', the Varuna and Assi rivers originate from the body of the primordial person at the beginning of time itself. more....
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About Varanasi Travel GuideAbout Varanasi Travel Guide
One of the earliest descriptions of Varanasi is found in the Buddhist scriptures as also in the epic, 'Mahabharat'. The 'Pali' version of Varanasi was 'Baranasi' which ultimately gave birth to the name 'Banaras'. According to the 'Vamana Purana', the Varuna and Assi rivers originate from the body of the primordial person at the beginning of time itself. The tract of land lying between them is believed to be the holiest of all pilgrimages. The holy land between these two rivers is 'Varanasi'. Varanasi, also famous as Kashi (Derived from the root 'Kas' - to shine) is called the city of spiritual light. more....
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Places to SeePlaces to See
River Front, Gyanvapi Mosque, Durga Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, The Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, New Vishwanath Temple, Annapurna Temple, Manmandir, Bharat Kala Bhawan, Alamgir Mosque more....



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ExcursionsExcursions
Sarnath, Ramnagar, Vindhyachal, Allahabad, Chunar Fort, Kaushambi, Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary, Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary more....



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Fairs & FestivalsFairs & Festivals
Buddh Purnima, Bharat Milap, The unique Ramlila of Ramnagar, Dhrupad Mela, Hanumat Jayanti Janmotsav, Nakkatyya - Chetganj, Nag Nathaiya, Mahashivratri, Panch Koshi Parikrama more....



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Shopper's Paradise Shopper's Paradise
Varanasi has, since times immemorial, been hailed as a premier centre for some of the finest handicrafts. The most renowned craft of the city is its silk weaving. "Benarsi Sarees" produced by local craftsmen are among the most preferred, not only in India but across the world. Brassware, copperware, ivory ware, glass bangles, wood and clay toys and exquisite gold jewelry are some of the other crafts the city is famous for. more....




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