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Beguiling Benares

    Benares, a city on the banks of river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, has a rich history which is mentioned in the Vedas of Hindu culture and in the great Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Also known as Varnasi, this sacred place is the most inhabited traditional place and the oldest living city on earth. Varnasi is also known as the Spiritual capital of India.

     It was believed that Varnasi was mainly populated by Vedic people. The oldest Vedic scripture, Atharvaveda suggests that indigenous tribes were prevalent in Varnasi, which dated approximately to the same period. Varnasi hence had been the home for many Vedic scholars. Buddhism is also started at Varnasi. The very famous and great scholarly book, Ramcharithamanas is written in this holy city by Tulsidas.

     Varnasi, which is popularly known as Kasi, is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Varanasi is one of the holiest cities and centres of pilgrimage for Hindus of all denominations and also to many other religions. It is one of the seven Hindu holiest cities (Sapta Puri), considered the giver of salvation. People believe that bathing in the Ganges remits sins.

     Banaras is blessed with skillful and hereditary handloom weavers. The city itself is considered to be the magic of handloom weaving. Benarsi weavers weave sarees and salwar kameez with great care and effectiveness. While Banaras sarees/Varnasi sarees are world famous for their weaving techniques, beautiful textures and designs, Banarsi salwar suits have also paced their way in the International market with the same attributes along with the mix of contemporary fashion in them. Banarsi sarees and salwar suits with elegant and beautiful intricates and brocades with gold and silver thread works mesmerize everyone. Benares sarees and salwar suits are considered to be one of the finest wears, all over the world.

     Benares is also a mesmerizing tourist spot. It is one of the best tourism in India. Benares city welcomes you with beautiful Ganges river, Dasawamedh Ghat, Banaras Ghat, Sarnath, Manikarnika Ghat, Asi Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath temple, Sarnath Archaeological Excavation Area, Music Paradise Hall, Monkey Temple (Durga Temple) Bharat Kala Bhavan, Tulsi Manas temple, International Music Center Ashram, Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple), Man Mandir Ghat, Chaumsathi Ghat, Golden Temple (kashi Vishwanath), Ashoka Pillar, Ramnagar Fort and many more.