Varanasi or Banaras, the 'Abode of Lord Shiva' is one of the oldest living cities in the world
Varanasi or Banaras, the 'Abode of Lord Shiva' is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It's place in Hindu mythology is virtually unrivalled and is fact , the microcosm of Hinduism. According to legends the city was created by Lord Shiva himself and the puranic literature dates it's existence to at least three millennia. The early history of Varanasi is replete with hoary tales of plunder and destruction by conquerors and religious zealots. 'Kashi' the mythological name of this eternal city is said to be derived from the word 'kasha ' meaning shine and bright, as it was considered to be 'city of light ' or spiritual luminance . The present name is a combination of Varuna and Asi, the two tributaries of Ganga flowing along the northern and southern borders of the holy city. At Varanasi, Buddha and Mahavira preached and shankaracharya Mahabhayasa wrote his commentaries on Hinduism. Patanjali,the Sanskrit grammarian wrote and Tulsidas composed Ramcharitamanas. And Kabir preached Amity between religions. Varanasi is also an important center of education and has produced several world renowned academicians , musicians and artists. It is a famous centre for fine arts and crafts. The Benarasi silk sari with zari brocading in gold and silver and fine metal wires is a priceless possession of any India woman . It also has a rich repertoire of silver, brass ,copper artefacts and trinkets as well as aromatic perfumeries . There is no Indian attraction like Varanasi. It is much more than just a mere city, but is a way of life.
Places to visit in Varanasi - Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Ghats of Varanasi, Temples in old Town, Sarnath etc.
Places to eat in Varanasi - Bati Chokha, Keshari Restaurant, Shree Cafe, Vatika Cafe etc.
Tours that we offer - Food Walk in Varanasi, Day Tours in Varanasi, Boat ride on Ganges etc.