Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world and the ultimate pilgrimage for Hindus, who believe that to die in the city is to attain instant salvation. The city of Varanasi in India is also known as Benares (or Banaras) and to the devout as Kashi - the 'city of light' where Shiva once lived. Built on the bank of the Ganges river, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and one of the most sacred places in India for Hindus. Varanasi is also known as Kashi, the city of light since one of the twelve 'Jyortinglinga's is installed here. Varanasi has been a great cultural centre, especially in the fields of music, learning and the craft of silk weaving

Area _ sq km
Altitude 90 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-30.0 C-45.0 C Winter-5.2 C-15.0C
Languages English, Hindi
STD Code 0542
Rainfall 1110 mm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to March

Varanasi Map

How to get there
1. Air :--The airport is situated 22 km from the city. Varanasi is connected with regular flights from Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho, Kathmandu and Calcutta.

2. Rail:-Varanasi is connected to all major cities and towns in India such as Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Patna Calcutta, Ahmedabad, Mumbai. Railway Station is located in the heart of the city
3. Road:-Varanasi is very well connected by a network of roads and road transport to all major towns of Uttar Pradesh and surrounding areas.

Places to Visit

Bharat Mata Temple Banaras Hindu University
Bharat Kala Bhawan Durga Temple
Ramnagar Fort Tulsi Manas Temple
The Ghat Vishwanath Temple


Allahabad Bodhgaya Khushinagar

Varanasi is famous for its silk weaving, and Banarasi silks are a part of every girl’s wedding trousseau. Banaras Brocades are prized the world over. Brassware, copperware, wooden and clay toys and exquisite gold jewelry are some of the other craft the city is famous for. The hand - knotted carpets of Mirzapur and musical instruments are among the other shopping attractions. Banaras is also famous for its ‘ Langda Aam’, a variety of mangoes available in the summer. Betel leaf is also a specialty.


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Hindustan-International Taj Gangesl Palace on Ganges