VARANASI

Also known as Kashi ("the city of Light"), or as Benaras , the spiritual nerve centre of India , Varanasi is situated on the west bank of the Ganges. Adorned with epithets like 'the religious capital of India' and 'the city of temples', The eternal city, where religion is an integral part of daily life, has drawn saints, poets and pilgrims through the ages.

Said to have been founded by Lord Shiva himself, this place finds mention in the epic sagas of 'Ramayana' and the 'Mahabharata'. Most people conforming to the Hindu faith strive to visit Varanasi at least once in their lives.

The sacred centrally located ghats or the banks are lined with temples and shrines and they reverberate with the endless cycle of Hindu religious practice – from daily rituals to the profound rites of passage.

A sunrise boat ride is the highlight of a trip to Varanasi, when the temples along the river front are bathed in soft light and the scent of incense and jasmine flowers permeates the air.

Explore the narrow and crowded streets seeped in history and enjoy the synchronized ritual of the evening AARTI – you will be immersed in the cultural and spiritual ethos of this Holy city of the Hindus.