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Varanasi

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Spiritual Capital of India

A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion. Hindus believe that dying and being cremated in this colorful city by the Ganges ensures "moksha," the liberation from the ongoing cycle of rebirth and death. One of the world's oldest cities, Varanasi gained a reputation for its fine quality silks and grew into a commercial center. Exploring the markets and side-street workshops of the city stands as a highlight of most Varanasi vacations. Varanasi is in Varanasi District. Our India day trip planning tool allows you to plan your trip to Varanasi and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
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Where to stay in Varanasi

The old city of Varanasi has a long history of pilgrimage and tourism, and its range of accommodations has developed to a high degree to meet the vast demand from across India and further afield. Perhaps the most interesting and atmospheric place to stay can be found in the area surrounding the ghats on the west bank of the river. You can find an eclectic mix of simple hotels and guesthouses all the way from this point up to the main train station. North of the station sit the most luxurious of the city's accommodations, with views of the tributary that runs through the north, and a range of additional facilities.
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