Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries, is known for its fine-quality silks, 'paan' and Benares Hindu University and Avimukta of the ancient days, Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the seven holiest cities, Varanasi city is also one the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births.
Location: Varanasi is located on the banks of the holy river, Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Tourist Spots: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Ganga Ghats, Sankat Mochan Temple.
Best Time to Visit: September to March.
How to Reach:
By Air: It also connects Varanasi to Delhi, Agra,. Khajuraho, Calcutta, Mumbai, Lucknow and Bhuvaneshwar.
By Train: Varanasi is an important and major rail junction. The city is served by trains from all metros and major cities across the country.
By Road: Varanasi, on (National Highway) NH2 from Kolkata to Delhi, NH7 to Kanya Kumari and NH29 to Gorakhpur is connected literally to the rest of the country.