Varanasi (also known as Banaras/Benares) is an ancient city in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh . The city dates back to 11th century B.C.
The city is also a major religious site for Hindus, and draws lakhs of Hindu pilgrims each year. People come here to bathe in the Ganges River, whose waters are believed to be sacred enough to wash away their sins, and to perform funeral rites. For these reasons, Varanasi is known as the spiritual capital of India.
Varanasi, being a religious spot with a rich heritage, has various temples, other religious centers and historically significant attractions . The city, being on the banks on river Ganges, also has many sacred Ghats (stepwells leading to the river) where devotees pray, perform rites etc. Here are some of the things to see in Varanasi –
The major festivals celebrated in Varanasi are –
Varanasi also has various markets and shopping spots where people can shop for traditional clothes, accessories, handicrafts, idols of deities, and a lot more. Here are some of the best shopping spots to check out in the city –
Varanasi’s food scene is filled with north Indian delicacies that include foods from Awadhi, and other north Indian cuisines and various snacks. Some must-try food in Varanasi are –
Following is a list of some of best restaurants in Varanasi city to try the local delicacies and sumptuous meals –
Some of the best hotels in Varanasi for a comfortable stay include the following –
Varanasi city STD Code – 0542 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers:
Hindi is the Official language of Varanasi. Sanskrit is the oldest language here.