Varanasi is another Hindu pilgrimage center besides being one of India’s oldest cities. This city in Uttar Pradesh is a revered Hindu worship site with mythological references. The Dashaswamedh ghats along the River Ganga are considered sacred for a holy bath. Replete with traditional structures, old bathing ghats and the temples, Varanasi will be a memorable experience. The Benaras gharana evolved here. The Vishwanath Temple remains the top attraction and pilgrims throng mostly during the Annapurna puja at the Devi Annapurna Temple here. Vishwanath shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and shivaratri is an important festival here.
Varanasi, also known as Banaras or Kashi, is a city on the banks of the Ganges (Ganga) in Uttar Pradesh, 320 kilometres (200 mi) southeast of the state capital, Lucknow. It is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. Some Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India.