A city on the banks of the Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh also referred as a major religious hub in India.

Varanasi is considered as one of the oldest living cities in the World. It is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism. The city’s religious importance continued to grow in the 8th century and the city continued as an important centre of Hindu devotion even during the Muslim rule through middle ages.

Pilgrims come to the ghats lining the Ganges to wash away sins in the sacred waters or to cremate their loved ones. It’s a particularly auspicious place to die, since expiring here offers moksha (liberation from the cycle of rebirth). Intimate rituals of life and death take place in public, and the sights, sounds and smells on the ghats – not to mention almost constant attention from touts – can be intense

Varanasi is famous for Muslin and Silk Fabrics, perfumes, ivory work and sculptures. Silk weaving, carpets and craft and tourism employ a significant number of the local population.

More than 19 archaeological sites have been identified by Archaeological survey of India. Beyond the Ghats, Varanasi has many other attractions including Ramnagar Fort and Museum and the Marnikara Well.

There is possibly not a single month, when Varanasi is not preparing or in the middle of a festival. The city celebrates its festivals with such passion and commitment, that it is difficult not to get drawn into the festival mood. Pick any month and you will find some festival to plan your trip around. Some of the major festivals are Holi, Dev Deepavali, Maha Shivratri, Ram Lila and Dhrupad Mela.

Varanasi has an extreme climate. It is very hot in summer (April – June) and cold in winter (December – February). The average temperature can vary from 32oC to 46oC during the summer and 15oC to 5oC during the winter.

Best time to visit Varanasi is from December to February when the weather is pleasant and it is double fun to explore the vibrant city.

Places of Interest: Sarnath, Chunar Fort, Jaunpur, Vindhyachal

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