Varanasi City - Older Than History Itself
, the oldest inhabited city in the world is a land to be visited to experience a spiritual enlightenment. The culture Varanasi is inextricably linked with the river Ganges that flow across it and the cause of the much-acclaimed religious entity. Also referred as the 'city of temples', wherever your eyes will travel, you will come across the ancient temple heritage. The history that dates back to the epic tales of Mahabharata and Buddhist Jatakas, has caused this city to be surrounded by myths and legends. The major attraction of Varanasi without doubt lies in its holy Ganga ghats, where bathing is considered as a source of attaining Moksha and also to get rid of all your sins. Another popular name for Varanasi is Benaras and is the holiest of all the holy places. 'Sadhus' (an ascetic holy man) in orange clothing carrying a pot in their hands leading a secluded life in the devotion of God is a common site that generates awe that how one can leave these wordily pleasure and choose a life of isolation. Temples being an endearment of the city, there is the Kashi Vishwanath temple, popularly known as the Golden temple and the Durga temple, which due to the presence of monkeys has earned the title of 'monkey temple'. The most reverberant experience will perhaps be the boat ride that will take you across many ghats. Varanasi also opens a gate to Sarnath the famous Buddhist destination that makes an excursions. Choose Varanasi as your holiday destiantion, feel the lightness in your heart and soul.
Varanasi Culture Holiest Among the Holy
Varanasi has attained a lot as far as arts and culture is concerned. The best time to visit this city is during the festive occasions (September December), when the colorful culture comes forefront, when the classic and folk cultural programs are organised. There is a famous open music concert structured in the Sankat Mochan temple and draws connoisseurs form all over the world. This holy city of India also offers splendid opportunity for shopping lovers. Benaras better known as Varanasi is world famous for its silk, so it becomes an inevitable buy. Strolling across the lanes and by lanes of the city will take you to the chowk, which is the main bazaar. Other best picks includes carpets, beaded glassware and bangles and zari work that can be shopped from Thatheri Bazar and Godoulia. The gold and silver brocades are also indispensable items while there are pieces of brass ware, copper ware and toys made of clay and wood. One must carry home the sweet and sour 'Langda Aam', a variety of mango and the traditional Banarasi 'Paan' (Beetel leaf) should also be tried. Besides, enjoy the royal Awadhi cuisine whose aroma is enough to exalt the gustatory organs. There is the Thandai (milk mixed with dry fruits and topped with fresh cream) and Bhaang (intoxicating drink) that should be basked.
Varanasi is the oldest surviving city in the world, and this fact makes it an ineluctable destination. This holy city is awaiting your sojourn so that it can shower some blessings on its visitors. You must visit this city to attain mental peace and see the surviving Indian culture.