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About Varanasi - Uttar Pradesh Tourism

Varanasi is one of the most visited tourist destination in the state of Uttar Pradesh. In addition to the large number of piglrims, the city is also visited by large number of international travelers, who visit Varanasi to experience the unique culture, traditions and rituals of this holy city. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities of India that lies on the western banks of India's holy river Ganges. The city also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras, has mentions in ancient religious text including Rigveda, Skanda Purana, the Ramayana and the Mahabharat. 

The city of Varanasi is considered to be one of the top 7 holiest cities of India by Hindu pilgrims. The city is believed to be the place where human being can attain Moksha, which means that the soul of human being is freed from the cycle of rebirth if he is cremated here. Varanasi is home to one of 51 shaktipeethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Lingas in India. This beautiful city on the banks for River Ganga is very important for Shaivaites, as the city is closely associated with various events in the life of Lord Shiva. Varanasi is also important for the Buddhist pilgrims, as Lord Buddha preached his first sermon just outside the city.

The life of the city revolves around the banks of holy River Ganga. There are many ghats on the banks of River Ganga, the most popular being Asi ghat, which provides a memorable experience to tourists. Thousands of pilgrims come here daily to take a dip in the holy river Ganga and cleanse their and their ancestors sins. There are numerous burning ghats along the Ganga river, which are used to burn hundreds of bodies daily. The Hindu pilgrims bring the dead bodies of their loved ones to Varanasi to help them in attaining Moksha. Travelers must not miss the memorable experience provided by the evening Aarti that is performed on the ghats of Varanasi every day. 

There are thousands of temples in the city of Varanasi, dedicataed to various gods and goddesses. The most important ones are Vishwanath temple, Goddess Annapurna temple, Bharat Mata temple, Kal Bhairav temple, Sankatmochan temple, Durga temple and Nepali temple. Varanasi is also famous among tourists for its fine-quality silks and silk sarees, 'paan' and Benares Hindu University. The city of religious and spiritual values, Varanasi is famous as the capital of knowledge and culture. Lot of international travellers visit the city as it is an unbelievable experience to spend time in Varanasi and get acquaintaned with the spiritual side of city. 

History of Varanasi - Uttar Pradesh Tourism

According to legend, the city of Varanasi was founded by the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. The city of Varanasi is believed to be standing on the tip of "Trishool", and is considered to be one of the seven holiest cities in India. There are mention about this place in various religious text including Rigveda, Skanda Purana, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Varanasi was the capital of kingdom of Kashi in the eighteenth century and remain an important commercial center in India.


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