The north Indian city of Varanasi, or Benares, is regarded as sacred by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Situated in the fertile Ganga valley and on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, who come to bathe in the holy river. Known as the City of Temples and a beacon of culture, Varanasi has produced many renowned writers. It’s also a centre of silk weaving, so practise haggling at the chaotic bazaar for some beautiful souvenirs. Rickshaws are the best way to get about. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
Attractions in Varanasi: Ganges River, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Dhamek Stupa, Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Banaras Hindu University, Ruchika Art Gallery, Shri Durga Temple, Ramnagar Fort, Darbhanga Ghat.
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