Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries, is known for its fine-quality silks, 'paan' and Benares Hindu University and Avimukta of the ancient days.
One of the seven holiest cities, Varanasi city is also one the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotir Linga sites in India. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births.
Considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, Varanasi is situated on the banks of River Ganges, which is believed to have the power of washing away all of one's sins. As pundits here will tell you, whatever is sacrificed and chanted here or given in charity reaps its fruits thousand times more than those good deeds performed at other places because of the power of that place. It is believed that three nights of fasting in Varanasi city can reap you rewards of many thousands of lifetimes of asceticism.
The Ganga Ghats (river front) are the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi and are centers of music and learning. There is a great tradition of Yatras in the holy city of Kashi and the most sacred path is that of Panchkoshi Parikrama, the fifty-mile path with a radius of five miles that cover 108 shrines along the way, with Panchakoshi Temple as its main shrine.
Best time to Visit
October to March.
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Located in Varanasi in the Uttar Pradesh Region, 500 metres from Assi Ghat, Hotel Picasso features a sun terrace and views of the city. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The rooms include a TV with satellite channels.select
Located within 1 km from Manikarnika Ghat, the mighty Ganges River and the Dashashwamedh Ghat Hotel Pragya International is located in Varanasi. For any assistance, guests can approach the 24-hour front desk.select
Featuring free WiFi, Hotel Baijnath Dham offers pet-friendly accommodation in Varanasi. Free use of bicycles and bike hire are available at this guest house and the area is popular for fishing.select
Hotel Ajaya is located in located in the heart of Varanasi, 1 km from the Ganga River Front and 10 km from the Sarnath City. It offers guest rooms with cable television. Guest rooms are fitted with either a fan or air conditioning.select