Varanasi also called Benaras is situated on the banks of India's holiest river the Ganges. It is the oldest civilization in India and perhaps one of the oldest cities in the World. The destination is a pilgrimage center and the river Ganges offers salvation to those who are cremated in its folds.
Varanasi is much visited by foreign tourists who arrive here in thousands from many countries. They arrive here on a spiritual quest and to understand Hinduism. This they do by witnessing rites and rituals and by discourses with the Hindu Holy men or the Sadhus.
The city is noted for its ghats or stepped embankments on the Ganges and a multitude of temples. The convoluted alleys some of them densely crowded are another surprise with chaos and conundrums that are a daily occurrence in the large towns of the country.