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Varanasi MapVaranasi in Uttar Pradesh is guaranteed to make an impression. Thought about the holiest of places in India, the city of Shiva has been a centre of learning & civilization for over 2000 years. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims come to bathe & rinse away their sins in the waters of the River Ganges & tour its revered temples.

Varanasi is also believed to be an auspicious place to die, ensuring release from the cycle of rebirths and an instantly granted passport to heaven. These rituals of life and death happen publicly on the city’s famous riverside ‘ghats’ or steps and it is this accessibility to the practices of ancient custom, coupled with Varanasi’s labyrinthine streets and colour that draw people.

Varanasi Facts

• Area 83.05 sq km
• Population 1,435,113
• Altitude 80.71 m
• Languages Bhojpuri ; Hindi & English
• STD Code 0542
• Best time to visit October-March

Tourist Attractions in Varanasi

Ancient temples are the major source of attraction in this city. The banks of the Ganges are thought about to be sacred by the Hindus and the ghats are the centre of most religious activities that occur in the city. Other fascinating places to visit around this city are Alamgir Mosque, Durga Temple, Bharat Mata temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Vishwanat Temple, Banaras Hindu University and the Archaeological Museum.
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