What is Varanasi known for?

What is Varanasi known for?

Varanasi, also known as Kashi and Banaras, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth. Situated in Uttar Pradesh on the banks of river Ganga, Varanasi is among the most revered religious destinations in India. Varanasi is famous for the bathing ghats along the banks of river Ganga.

Why do Hindus go to Kashi?

Hindus come to Kashi to die. It is as simple as that. One of its names is Mahasmashanam, or the great cremation ground, where Shiva roams at night, surrounded by ghouls, ghosts and other dregs of paranormal society. They want to cremate their loved ones in the two famous burial ghats: Harishchandra and Manikarnika.

Is Varanasi safe at night?

Be careful venturing out at night alone Varanasi is totally not a party place and walking down the labyrinth of alleyways can be a tough job in the day, let alone at night.

Do and don’ts in Varanasi?


  • Don’t come to Varanasi as your first destination in India.
  • Do visit in winter (September through March).
  • Don’t plan a one day visit.
  • Do hire a guide to take you to your hotel.
  • Don’t arrive at night.
  • Don’t expect luxury resorts.
  • Do watch your step.
  • Don’t wear flip-flops.

Why is Varanasi so special?

It is one of the most sacred sites in India because it is believed to have been the home of Lord Shiva . Some Hindus believe that the River Ganges pays its respects to Lord Shiva by the direction in which it flows. A feature of the landscape at Varanasi is the cremation ghats that line the banks of the Ganges.

What is the holiest city in the world?

St Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul….Europe.

City Country Religion(s)
Vatican City Vatican City Christianity, Islam
Walsingham England Christianity
Warsaw Poland Christianity
Leeds England Christianity

How many Muslims are there in Varanasi?

250,000 Muslims
Approximately 250,000 Muslims reside in Varanasi.

Is Benaras safe for girls?

No corner of BHU campus is safe for us: female students.

Is there Uber in Varanasi?

As of April 2018, Uber is not yet in Varanasi, so we do the best we can using Ola. Most of the time, it does work well, but there are some bad apples. Lastly, I would recommend that you do not pre-book an Ola here.

What should I wear in Varanasi?

It is advisable to wear light clothing. Cotton is the best material to choose. Since you would be doing a lot of walking around the city, it is better to choose walking shoes or flip-flops. You would be requested to leave your footwear outside the temples and the safety of your footwear is not guaranteed.

Is Varanasi oldest city in world?

The land of Varanasi, often referred to as Benares, has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus for ages. Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. This city is on the banks of river Ganges.

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