Varanasi, a city as old as Damascus, is the spiritual capital of India which has a history winding back to the 10th century BC. The city has seen the changing topography of the land, survived some great catastrophe and conquered thousands of years and the city has still managed to preserve its antique looks. As quoted by Diana Eck, “The city illuminates truth and reveals reality. It does not bring new wonders into the scope of vision but enables one to see what is already there. Where this eternal light intersects the earth, it is known as Kashi”, the city is admired by lots of renowned authors, poets, photographers and philosophist. Situated on the banks of River Ganges, The city is a dream, a goal for every Hindu pilgrimage in the country and one would visit the city at least once in their lifetime to seek solace and to soothe their souls. It is believed that taking a holy dip in the River Ganges, one can achieve salvation for their lifetime.
All the chatters and the murmurs will take a deep dive when hundreds of Pandit assemble on the river Ganges to perform the holy rituals lighting up the whole frontier with lamps and is one of the astounding sights you will ever see. Apart from the rustic looks the city dons, the city is also famous for its trademark Benares silk sarees, perfumes and sculpture artists and serves as a commercial and spiritual centre. The narrow lanes of the street, the silent ghats and the architectural marvels around the city add a surreal touch to the already unsophisticated city.
Varanasi is not a place its an experience, a horizon where life and death meet, a holy place where all your sins wash away for the ultimate purification. Varanasi has been one of the fascinating places to experience solace and it always will be. A place that you need to visit only once but will remain forever close to your heart.