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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Mark Twain once said, Varanasi is “older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” The perfect view of Varanasi can be defined as old men taking dips, boys flying kites, and men burning bodies at the nearby ghats. Varanasi, also known as the ‘Religious Capital of India” and famous as Banaras or Kashi, is an important pilgrimage centre. It is believed to be one of the oldest cities of the world and is often said to have existed during the time of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This place is famous for its healing techniques of Ayurveda and Yoga from the past. It is the only place with 84 Ghats all across itself each holding a different story.
Varanasi is also widely known as ‘City of Light’ due to its enlightenment to life through the Banaras Hindu University, the largest university in Asia. Apart from its religious and educational background, Varanasi is also significant as a hub for trade and commerce making its place through Baranasi silk sarees. Each saree can take up to 6 months in making. Next time you visit Varanasi, don’t forget to grab the magnificent pieces of sarees for you and your loved ones.