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Ganges river in Varanasi
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Situated in the centre of India, Varanasi is believed by many Indians to be the heart of the country. Also believed to be the oldest city in the World, this ancient city plays host to many thousands of pilgrims who come here to bathe in the holy waters of the River Ganges. To travellers and tourists alike, perhaps the most incredible experience here is watching the dead being brought to the river, where they are bathed in the river one last time, before being cremated on the Ghats.


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Wikipedia - Varanasi

Ganges river in Varanasi, India
Varanasi attracts thousands of Hindu piligrims every year.

Varanasi (Sanskrit: वाराणसी Vārāṇasī, Hindustani pronunciation: [ʋaːˈɾaːɳəsiː], also commonly known as Benares or Banaras (Hindi: बनारस, Urdu: بنارس, Banāras [bəˈnɑːɾəs] and Kashi (Hindi: काशी, Urdu: کاشی, Kāśī [ˈkaːʃiː] , is a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, also regarded as holy by Buddhists, and Jains is the Holiest Place of Hindus (and center of earth in Hindu Cosmology) where at least once in life a Hindu is expected to do pilgrimage and if possible pour the remains (ashes) of cremated ancestors here into the River Ganga. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest of India. ... read more

Wikitravel - Varanasi

Hindu pilgrims bathing, Varanasi
Pilgrims bathing at Kedar Ghat at sunrise, Varanasi

Varanasi, once known as Benares or Banaras and Kashi, is a historical city in northern India. The city is sacred to Hindus and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In many ways Varanasi epitomizes the very best and worst aspects of India, and it can be a little overwhelming. However, the scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganges at sunrise set against the back drop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world - definitely a must see destination on any trip to northern India.
The city can be scorchingly hot in the summer months, if possible time your visit to fall between October and March, and bring something w ... read more

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