Varanasi is a city in the Northern India of Uttarpradesh state related to 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capatial of India, the city draws Hindu Pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges Rivers sacred water and perform funeral rites.
Varanasi is the only city in the world that offers Rites and Rituals performed along side the many ghants, what can be called ‘death tourism’’, which are used for everything from bathing, to aarti (prayers)to burning bodies of the dead.
In Varanasi river Ganga flows, every piligrim take a holy dip during sunrise and sunset to cleanse away all the sins during sunrise and sunset presents a mesmerizing experience. Every evening AARTI(prayers) is performed on the main Ghat of Varansi.
Varanasi offers you a brush with the divine. The most interesting aspect of the city is the several ghats (steps leading to the waters of the River Ganges). Well-known ghats include Dasaswamedh Ghat, where the aarti is performed every morning and evening, Darbhanga Ghat, Hanuman Ghat and Man Mandir Ghat.
Visitors flock the Manikarnika Ghat where dead bodies are cremated in full view before their ashes are immersed in the Ganges. Assi Ghat has the maximum concentration of hotels and restaurants. Then there are other ghats worth a mention including Tulsi ghat, Harishchandra ghat, Shivala ghat and the highly photogenic Kedar ghat.
Varanasi is said to have been the abode of Lord Shiva and so there are plenty of temples dedicated to him including Kashi Vishwanath Temple, New Vishwanath Temple. Other temples of note include Tulsi Manas Temple and Durga Temple. Muslims find representation in Alamgir Mosque while Jains find solace in the Jain Temple.
Religious sites apart, Varanasi city is also home to the Banaras Hindu University, spread over a very peaceful campus. The university was once known as the Oxford of the East. The city is also a well-known centre for classical dance, music and yoga.