The pious city of Varanasi is one of the world's oldest living cities. Also known as Kashi or Benaras, Varanasi was an abode to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The globally famous city represents a unique combination of ancient traditions, culture, spirituality, mysticism and supernatural elements. Situated on the banks of Holy River Ganges the city is one of the most visited places of India which offer an exhilarating experience to the visitors which they cherish for their whole life. Varanasi represents an amalgamation of various religions as it is dotted with several Hindu Temples, shrines, ashrams, Buddhist stupas and Jain temples that are worth visiting. According to the popular believe those who died in this holy city attain salvation for sure. Therefore people from all corners of the world like to spend their fag end of life in this holy city.
Various Ghats situated on the banks of River Ganga in Varanasi that complements the concept of divinity. These Ghats of Ganges are perhaps the holiest spots of Varanasi and are always thronged by the pilgrims who flock to the place to take a dip in the holy Ganges. There are more than 100 Ghats along side of Ganges in Varanasi and people thronging these Ghats to offer their morning prayers to the rising sun. The most prominent and popular Ghats of Varanasi are Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harischandra Ghat, Kabir Ghat and Assi Ghat. These Ghats of Varanasi are famous for its evening Aarti which truly uplifts the spirits. Visitors can also enjoy boat rides on the river in the early morning which treats the senses with breathtaking views of sunrise.
Tulsi Ghat is one of the most important Ghats of Varanasi and is named after great Hindu poet of 16th century Tulsi Das. He has composed the great Hindu Epic Ramchritmanas at Varanasi. It is also believed that Ramlila the story of Lord Ram was staged here for the first time. To commemorate this temple of Lord Ram was built on Tulsi Ghat. Many relics of Tulsi Das are also preserved at the Tulsi Ghat.
Varansi is well connected by all modes of transportation. Indian airline flies to Babatpur Airport which is 22 km from Varanasi and 30 km from sarnath. There are direct flights from Varanasi and New Delhi. Varanasi is an important rail junction of North India. Rajdhani Express from New Delhi and Kolkata passes through it. One can also catch trains from Mughal sarai which is 10 km south of Varanasi. Varanasi has good network of roads and one can reach it through state transport buses or private taxis.
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