Varanasi – The Oldest Living City in India

/Varanasi – The Oldest Living City in India
Varanasi
Varanasi
Varanasi is the sacred city of the Hindus in northern India. Varanasi is not only a historical city but also one of the oldest living cities in the world. It brings many people to dip in the holy water of the River Ganga at sunrise. The city fascinates travelers from all across the globe. Varanasi has an old world charm with its bathing ghats, temples some of which are centuries old thus telling the onlooker that it is the oldest city. You can visit Varanasi between October and March. The summers here are extremely hot.

Varanasi or Benaras as it was known previously is well-connected by both road and rail. The Varanasi Airport lies 25 km from the city center. Tourists coming from out of India can come first to Delhi or Mumbai and then fly by a domestic flight to Varanasi. From the airport, you can reach your hotel by a taxi.

Walking Tours

The Heritage Walk Tour takes you through tiny winding alleys to the waterfront and the ghats. Each ghat has a name for itself. There are restaurants and hotels around the holy ghats. As you walk around, you get to know yourself as to why Varanasi is the oldest city.

Biking Tour

Get on to a rented bike and move around at your own pace. “Oza Travels n Bike Rentals” is meant for the tourist who want to rent a bike. As you go around, you see Varanasi as a city with distinct tourist attractions.

Pilgrimage Tour

Get going to some of the most ancient temples in this oldest city. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the temple of Lord Shiva. It has a gold-plated dome. Durga Temple is built in Nagara style. It is a 8th century temple. It is the most important temple of the city. Bharat Mata Temple is dedicated to Mother India and was inaugurated in 1936 by Mahatma Gandhi. Tulsi Mata Temple is dedicated to lord Rama. As your tour proceeds, you come to a temple called Nepali Temple. This temple is built in Nepali Style. It is on the Lalita Ghat. It has magnificent woodwork done in wood especially brought in from Nepal. It attracts a lot of foreign tourists. Tulsi Manas Temple is the attraction of the holy city of Varanasi and also the oldest city. The walls of this temple are adorned with verses from the Ramayana. Sankat Mochan Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman who always helped in alleviating the sufferings of others. This temple was founded by the author of the famous Hindu epic Ramacharitamanasa. The tourists truly get a glimpse of religion and history of this oldest city called Varanasi.

Varanasi Ghats Tour

Varanasi mesmerizes you with its physical, metaphysical and supernatural blend. As it is older compared to the traditions, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities. A holy dip in the waters of the Ganga at the Varanasi Ghats cleanses you of all your sins. It is here that the human soul is liberated, from the body, to reach the ultimate. Visitors see at these holy ghats the somber scene of life and death together. It brings tears to your eyes, and your soul is touched by these moving sights. There are more than hundred ghats in Varanasi along the Ganga. Some ghats are popular like the Manikarnika Ghat, Kabir Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Harishchandra Ghat and Assi Ghat. The others also have their own significance among the Ghats of this oldest city, Varanasi.

Art and Culture

Varanasi is unique in its cultural traditions. You will find this old city present before you, a complete museum of Indian art and culture. Varanasi has produced many a master craftsman. It has a touch of originality in its folk art.

Varanasi has been known for its strikingly rich Banarsi sarees, handicrafts, toys, ornaments, textiles, woodwork, clay and metal works. The Banarsi paans are famous, so also its Bahri Alang, Thandai, Gamcha and Mauj Masti.

The old city holds a number of festivals, fairs, dramas and musical concerts. You can shop at Varanasi for its original traditional articles.

Varanasi is famous for a number of things and also for its eateries. It offers its visitors a rich variety of foods. You will get a taste of North Indian food. Mouth-watering varieties of chats with chutney of tamarind and a cooling glass of yoghurt. Enjoy the flavors and specialties of Varanasi not missing out on the ‘Langda Aam’ with its sour and sweet taste. A ‘Banarsi Paan’ with aromatic essences gives the final touch to your meal before you bid adieu to the oldest city of Varanasi or Kashi in India, the 5000 year old living city.

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