Varanasi or Banaras as it is popularly called is a historical city in the Uttar Pradesh State of North India. The City is situated on the bank of the river Ganges. The city has always been a source of charm to tourists all over the world because of its rich heritage, tradition, and History. The American author Mark Twain once quoted “ Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”.
Varanasi is considered to be the spiritual capital of India. The city is a top destination for both local and foreign tourists as well as pilgrims. The evening Aarti ( a ceremony in which the lights are lit and offered to the Gods) at the Ghats of river Ganga during the evening is a spectacular sight. Hundreds of pilgrims gather at the Ghats of river Ganga to become a part of this enchanting ritual. The process starts with blowing of the conches and moving of lamps up and down in a synced motion. The chanting of shlokas and Mantras creates a surreal environment. It is a wonderful and must-see experience for all the pilgrims as well as tourists.
The Banaras Hindu University, one of the oldest universities in India is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The university is another location to see for the tourists. Tourists visit this spot to see the magnificent architecture of the buildings within the University campus. There is also a museum within the campus of the University which is also a major source of tourist attraction.
Varanasi is also a foodie’s delight. Kachori and Chaat which are Indian delicacies are of the best quality. While traveling across the marketplaces of Banaras one can see people munching on Kachori and Chaat with a kulhad ( mud pot) of tea in their hand.