Photo of Varanasi ( Benares )

The great Hindu city of Varanasi lies on the banks of River Ganges.  Photo Credit Jai Kapoor www.flickr.com/photos/jaikapoor/

 

Varanasi, also known as Benares , located by the banks of the River Ganges, is the considered the holiest city by Hindus, and offers distinct tourist attractions for travellers who crave unique cultural experiences.

Varanasi is certainly not for everyone, but those bold enough to take on this city will likely remember their time here a pretty long time. The question is not what to see in Benares, but really what to experience and learn from this ancient city. 

Remarkably, Varanasi is said to have its origins in the 12th Century BC, making it the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. To visit Varanasi is to take a trip back in time – history quite literally paves the roads of this ancient city. 

Here’s a quote from Mark Twain that says it all:

” Older than History, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together ”