In the adulation of Varanasi famous author Mark Twain Commented- "Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, And looks twice as old as all of them put together ". Varanasi or Banaras earlier called 'Kashi' is known as 'Cultural Capital of India'. According to mythology Banaras is said to be the earthly abode of Lord Shiva. Varanasi is one of the seven sacred cities of India, and has been mentioned in many serene scriptures like Rig-Veda,
Skund Purana, and the two biggest epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
The whole ambiance of this town makes it so divine that every year thousands of devotees come here to take the ritual bath and perform puja to rising sun.Varanasi is a spiritual centre for the mind and body. The river, the ghats, the divine mornings, the gleaming nights - Varanasi is all this and more. Its rich legacy of education and civilization dates back to almost 2000 years. You can go to the Kashi Vishwanath temple, where the most important Jyotirlinga is sited. Dasashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat , Darbhanga Ghat, Asi Ghat etc are some of the ghats that serves as home to the sadhus and pilgrims who visited these ghats to perform puja in honor of their dead ones.
The Banaras Hindu University established by Madan Mohan Malviya is the largest residential university in Asia which is a rich
source of culture and education. Banaras is a land of many renowned persons like Tulsidas, Kabir, Premchand, Acharya Ramchandra
Sukhla, Bismillah khan etc. This place has also a great musical legacy as the various musical instruments like the sitar, tabla
and shennai are played here.
People come here to get salvation. But Varanasi tour is incomplete without the biggest temptation of this land- the lip smacking paann