You will be taken back in time if you visit Varanasi. Varanasi, the ancient city, will make a bigger impact on you than any other Indian city.


Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest cities, is located near the Nepalese border in India’s upper east area. The city, which is located on the banks of the Ganges River, is a riot of colors, people, and traditional Indian architecture. The roads are clogged with people, cars, and cows, and the pavement is more or less mud and muck depending on when you come.

Varanasi’s architecture is characteristic of Indian cities. Slum settlements and run-down homes stand in stark contrast to the Maharajas’ beautiful temples and palaces. To be astonished, just walk down to the Ganges River and look up and down the river. The river’s structures will transport you to Venice, Italy, but without the glitz. The massive structures are both beautiful and historically significant.

After this viewpoint, a visit to the Darbhanga Ghat is illuminating. This massive castle is home to the Maharajas of Dharbhanga, Bihar. The Ghat radiates power, mystery, and a sense of time gone by. You’ll see what I’m talking about when you see it.


The Ganges is the center of Varanasi. Varanasi, the holiest of cities, is known as the “city of light,” yet it is really the “city of death.” The city, which is believed to have been built by the Hindu god Shiva, is a popular destination for those seeking religious enlightenment. Thousands of Indians try to cleanse themselves in the waters every morning, resulting in a flurry of movement and colorful attire. The rest of the day will keep you on your toes.

Varanasi is the holiest Hindu city, and many Hindus believe that dying there would grant them knowledge. In their senior years, tens of thousands of Hindus go to the city for this purpose. Charitable groups and Hindu temples shelter the elderly. Many of the deceased are burnt in the open on pyres overlooking the Ganges, although this practice is no longer as prevalent as it once was. It is a sight to see.

In many ways, Varanasi is a microcosm of India. If you only have time to see one location in India, Varanasi should be on your list.