Varanasi, also known as Benaras is rightly called the religious capital of India. The holy city is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh and rests on the bank of holy river Ganga. Its former name, ‘Kashi’ suggests its meaning as a site of spiritual luminance. Since it is one of the most sacred places for Hindus, every devoted Hindu hopes to visit the shrine at least once in a lifetime. There is more than one reason for different devotees to visit the place; for it is renowned with different names such as city of temples, city of Shiva and Ganga, city of music, city of ghats as well as the center for nirvana. Ghats are certainly the most valuable asset of the city Varanasi; and taking a holy dip in the gentle waters of Ganges at the famous Ghats of Varanasi is considered spiritually rewarding. There is more than just bathing and performing cremation ceremonies to the ghats, since each of eighty-four ghats hold special significance. Most popular ghats of Varanasi include, The Tulsi Ghat, the Bhadaini Ghat, the Panchkote ghat,the dasaswamedh ghat, the Man Mandir ghat and various others. Hindus also believe that dying on the banks of the river Ganga offers heavenly bliss and emancipation from the birth and death cycle that attracts more and more Hindus devotees to travel here at the twilight hours of their life.
Varanasi is not famous among Hindus or Indians only, which is also apparent from its popularity among people from around the world. The place has got intimate connections with legendary and mythical characters, for they are said to have lived here in real. Apart from the city’s holy illustration with Ganges presence, the city also has a lot to offer in terms of heritage in art & craft, music, literature as well being a cherished name in art of silk weaving. Although, Varanasi has a no limits on temple counts, the list of most famous temples covers Vishwanath Temple, Sarnath, Durga Temple, Kaal Bhairav temple, Kardameshwara Mahadev, Kedar Temple, and many more.