Varanasi is considered the holiest of India’s seven holy cities. It is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest ion India. Varanasi is referred by many sobriquets including, “the city of light” and “the city of learning”. Gautama Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon in Varanasi. It is sometimes called Benaras or Kashi.
Places to Stay
Many hotels in Varanasi are suitable for budget travellers which include the City Inn (Rs 900), Hotel River Place (Rs 700) and Hotel Padmini International (Rs 1200)
Dhrupad Mela, celebrated every year in February-March is one of the major events in Varanasi. Mahashivrathri held in February is one of the major festivals celebrated here.
Hindi is the local language spoken in Varanasi. English and Urdu are commonly used languages.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Varanasi are Ramnagar Dashashwamedh Ghat, Annapurna Temple all located within 15 kms.
How to Get There
Varanasi is served by Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, which is approximately 26 km from the city centre in Babatpur. Domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities are available here.
Varanasi Junction, commonly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, is the city's largest train station. It is one of the busiest train stations with over 200 hundred passing through each day.
NH2, NH7 and NH56 run through Varanasi connecting it to major centers such Delhi, Kanpur, Kolkata and Agra as well as Lucknow. The best bus operators that offer quality service include UPSTRC, Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.
Jaunpur, located in the eastern region of Uttar Pradesh, is a city that has ancient roots – it was founded by Feroz Shah Tughlaq in the 14th century. Today, it is a densely populated agrarian economy with highly cultivable fertile land fed by major rivers like Gomti, Basuhi, Sai, Pili and Varuna. Jaunpur is a fast developing economy with a growing presence of corporate services and modern retail stores. It has always been famous for its perfumes and oils.
Places to Stay
Hotel Chandra International (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Prasad Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) are affordable stay options in Jaunpur.
Both Hindi and Urdu are the official languages of Jaunpur.
The fair at Sheetala Chaukia Dham Mandir every October during Navratri is the most important event in Jaunpur.
Places of Interest
Jaunpur has a number of interesting monuments like Shahi Bridge and Shahi Qila (Jaunpur Fort), and important holy places like Jaunpur Jama Masjid, Atala Masjid, Anchala Devi Temple, Hanuman Temple and Sai Nath Mahadev Temple.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Jaunpur is the Varanasi airport which is about 38 kms away.
Three major railway stations, located within 2-4 kms from city centre, connect Jaunpur with daily services to important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and Allahabad.
Jafri Tours and Travels and Rajendra Tours and Travels operate a number of buses from Jaunpur Bus Stand in the city centre to major cities in the state as well as Delhi and Mumbai. UPSRTC, the state travel corporation is also a reliable option. Getting online bus ticket through Ticketgoose.com is one of the most convenient ways of booking your tickets.