Varanasi, the world’s oldest living city, is located in the southern state of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of the sacred River Ganga. For ages, the mystique of this area has drawn pilgrims from all around India and beyond. Varanasi is the colorful and interesting India of your fantasies, with historic domes, muths, ashrams, priests, and narrow streets lined with stores selling Benaresi sarees. Exploring the sacred topography of this city will be exciting, with intimate rites of life and death being performed in parallel on the Ghats. For a memorable experience, walk through the crowded alleyways or watch the sunrise from a boat.
Trace the city’s outskirts, paying attention to shrines along the way. Who knows, a trip to the City of Lights might become your favorite visit of all.