Varanasi Holidays

The sacred Hindu city of Varanasi is one of the world's oldest cities and has fostered a continuous religious tradition since the 6th century BC. It is known as Kashi, the City of Light, and is said to have been founded by the Hindu god Shiva. Today pilgrims bathe daily in the River Ganges, despite chemicals and refuse. Try climbing down to the ... Read more
banks on the ghats of Varanasi (stone steps) but don't be tempted to join the devotees in their ablutions. Most of the attraction in Varanasi takes place outside, but a good indoor stop is the interesting Archaeological Museum. A must-see on any trip to North India, Varanasi is a city of ancient mysteries and scorching summers.

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  • Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
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  • Sarnath
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Foster City

Old part of Varanasi by the Ganges River was the most authentic and traditional part of India you will ever see. Narrow maze like alley ways filled with shops, restaurants, temples, markets, street vendors and cows everywhere.

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New Delhi

One of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities and one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities, Varanasi is a hub of philosophy, theosophy, medicine and learning. It is now a chaotic mélange of pilgrims, tourists and trident-toting sadhus, cycle rickshaws, boats and ghats. It is not an overstatement or cliché to say that there truly is nowhere else quite like Varanasi. It is impossible to leave unstirred, unshaken or unmoved.

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Anchorage

Varanasi has got to be one of the most fascinating and historically and culturally significant cities in the world. It's also one of the dirtiest, including the river Ganges. It took me two trips to India to get here, but my India experience was not complete without seeing the masses bathe in the holy river.

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New York City

There are so many places in this world that can leave a mark on you as a traveler, but few, no I don't think anyplace in the world resonated its personality on me like Varanasi. I have been fortunate to travel India extensively and know the deep significance of this city to Hindu's - and it is said to be one of the oldest cities in the world. Varanasi located on the Ganges "the holiest of holy rivers" offers up lots of different moods. Spiritual, overwhelmed, amazed. This is a city that is intense - an explosion on all the senses. It is a place if you are interested in India and Hinduism that you must come, however, it is an intense place and certainly not for everyone. I have been twice and it remains at the very top of my memorable travel experiences.

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Ambala

May excite a religious person, cleanliness is a issue. must visit if u happen to be in Varanasi.

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Menlo Park

This is the single most amazing place in the world. Reputed to be the oldest continually inhabited human civilization, Varanasi has an energy all its own. It is also one of the holiest cities in Hinduism, and many people believe that if you die in Varanasi you will be granted enlightenment. As a result, people come here to die, and there are funeral pyres burning 24/7 on the stone ghatts along the ganges.

Note: this place, like many spots in India, is not for the faint of heart. Its dirty, full of crazy things. You will see dead bodies everywhere and other things that may shock your senses.

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Miravet

Many cities vie for the title of the oldest inhabited city on Earth - Damascus among them - but people, prepare for a place which will just blow your mind. Welcome to the wheel of life, done only as the extremities of India can do. You'll either be immediately captivated or loathe the place at first sight. I fell in love with it, for words I can't even begin to describe.

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Los Angeles

India is indeed “dirty”, “messy” and “smelly” but I have gotten more out of it than any other place I have been.

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Menlo Park

The sacred Hindu city of Varanasi is one of the world's oldest cities and has fostered a continuous religious tradition since the 6th century BC. It is known as Kashi, the City of Light, and is said to have been founded by the Hindu god Shiva. Today pilgrims bathe daily in the River Ganges, despite chemicals and refuse. Try climbing down to the banks on the ghats (stone steps) but don't be tempted to join the devotees in their ablutions.

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