Sprawling on the banks of Ganga, Varanasi, a.k.a Benaras is the nation’s most sacred city and the perfect place for you to connect with India’s spiritual side. You won’t be kicking your heels in Varanasi. From temple trips to Yoga classes and prayer ceremonies on the riverbank, there’s always something rejuvenating and interesting to fill time.
Every evening, as dusk descends, one can appreciate the ghats in all their rainbow glory as it’s time for ‘Ganga Aarti;. The most magnificent Ganga Aarti is witnessed at the Dasaswamedh Ghat, where the sacred sound of conch shell enhances the positive psychological vibrations which are felt by everyone present in the ghat. Millions of shimmering earthen lamps scattered in the serene waters and the glimmer of the flame from the lamps in the ‘aarti thali’ getting reflected in the countenance of people amidst a hundred priests is a sight to behold.
Chaotic yet beautiful, this surreal city is enveloped by an air of different beliefs and religious practices. Even if you don’t come away converted, you’ll leave with a sense of having, just for a moment, a glimpse of India’s soul.