Varanasi, popularly known as the City of Lights or Kashi, is a sacred city on the west bank of the River Ganga. It is said to be one of the oldest cities in India whose history goes back over 3000 years. Varanasi has remained a significant religious destination for pilgrims in India, and for international travelers, it reflects the culture and historical prosperity of India. Today, Varanasi is a bustling city, where every winding street leads to another, ghats are constantly packed, and the scent of incense is noticeable all around. The aartis and the skimming of earthen lights over the waters of Ganga at night is also a significant component of the character of Varanasi.

Top Reasons to Visit Varanasi:

  • To witness the Ganga aarti. This mesmerizing event can be experienced in a boat on the river.
  • To visit temples that are as old as 500-1000 years.
  • To shop for famous Banarasi sarees, exquisite woodwork, and hand-knotted carpets.
  • Banarasi paan is very popular in the country and must be savored during the trip.
  • To visit Sarnath located about 10 km from Varanasi. It is the place where Gautama Buddha first preached after attaining enlightenment.