Banaras city is located in Uttar Pradesh. It is also known as Varanasi, Benares and Kashi. The city is located on the banks of the river Ganges (Ganga). Banaras is considered to be a spiritual city. It is believed by Hindu devotees that a death in this city will bring salvation to the person’s soul. Banaras is the city of temples and it is famous for the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Places to Stay
There are numerous hotels in Banaras that are suitable for different budgets. Some of them are Palace on Ganges (Tariff - Rs. 6550), Hotel India (Tariff - Rs. 1481) and Suraj Guest House (Tariff - Rs. 782.)
The official language of Banaras is Hindi. English and Urdu are also spoken here.
Banaras is famous for its festivals and events such as the Mahashivratri festival (February) which is celebrated in the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and a five day musical festival called the Drupad Mela at Tulsi ghat (February – March.)
Places of Interest
There are number of tourist attractions here. These include the Kashi Vishwanath temple (5 km from Varanasi railway station), Ramnagar Fort (12 km from Varanasi railway station), Gyanvypai Mosque (5 km from Varanasi railway station) and the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple (10 km from Varanasi railway station.)
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Lal Bahudar Shashtri International Airport which is at the distance of 24 km from Banaras.
The nearest railway station is the Varanasi railway junction which is in the town.
There are daily bus services from Varanasi to other cities such as Allahabad, Gorakhpur and Lucknow. The most popular bus service providers in this area are the New Shatabdi Bus Service and Vidhan Tours & Travels. Several bus booking portals offer bus ticket booking coupon on their sites. Look out for discount codes when you book your tickets.