The city is mentioned in Holy Scriptures like Vamana Purana, Kashikhand, Narad Purana, Shiv Purana, Buddist texts and in the epic Mahabharata as well. Sarnath (10 km from
) is the place where Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment, and the city itself is believed to be the birthplace of Parsvanath, the 23rd Tirthankar. Therefore, Varanasi is a renowned pilgrimage for Buddhists and Jains as well. Varanasi
As soon as I stepped in
- The earthly abode of Lord Shiva, I could feel a deep sense of mysticism and divinity engulfing me. Varanasi Varanasi - Named after the confluence of two tributaries of the Ganges, Varuna flowing towards the north and Asi to the south - it has attained immortality.
It is said that
This unique city inspires us to reflect about life, to ponder over creation and the insignificance of the temporal wealth in the face of death. Thus, I would say that to be in Varanasi is a soul stirring experience, an experience of self discovery, a journey through the present and the past in search of salvation…
How to Reach
Varanasi is well connected with all the major cities by air, rail and road.
Babatpur airport is 22 kms out of the city and there are a number of flights from
and Mumbai. Delhi
There are three railway stations- Kashi, City and
Varanasi Junction (also known as Cantt), which is the main station. The city is served by trains from all metros and major cities across the country. Rail is definitely the most cost-efficient mode of travel and the most sought-after by people traveling from various parts of Varanasi . So make sure you book your tickets well in advance especially if you are traveling in the main season (October-March). India
Buses are a good option if traveling from nearby places of Uttar Pradesh.
, I feel that cycle- rickshaws are the best mode of transport. Though auto-rickshaws, unmetered are also a popular mode of transport. The rates for both of these are negotiable and they are found all over the city. Vehicular traffic is not allowed at the roads leading to Dashashwamedh and other ghats for most part of the day. Around the ghats, walking may often be the fastest mode of commuting as traffic jams are common. Varanasi