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.
The ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur in Rajasthan is the capital of the kingdom of Mewar. It has several beautiful lakes that are a great source of attraction for national and international tourists. Udaipur is famous for its palaces from the Rajput era. Most of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. Udaipur is well known for its handicraft items such as terracotta, paintings, marble articles and silver arts. Local transport as well as rail and air services are well established in Udaipur.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Udaipur. Some of them are Hotel Udai Palace (Tariff – Rs. 950), Saheli Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900 to Rs. 1500), Jag Niwas Guest House & Restaurant (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000).
The official language of Udaipur is Mewari. The other languages spoken here are Hindi and English.
The important events of Udaipur are the Mewar Festival held in March and Shilpgram Crafts Fair held in December.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Udaipur. Some of the places include Maharana Pratap Memorial (4 km), Neemach Mata Temple (7 km), Baghdada Crocodile Park (12 km), Jaisamand Lake (13.4 km), and Ekling Ji temple (22 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Udaipur is Dabok Airport (also called Maharana Pratap Airport) which is only 20 km away.
Udaipur Railway Station is at the heart of Udaipur city, which connects it to nearby cities.
Travellers can reach Udaipur from many cities, including Bikaner, Delhi, Ajmer, Mount Abu and Surat for instance. Shreenath Travellers and Neeta Tours and Travels are just some of the operators on these routes. You can opt for Volvo bus ticket booking service provided by several online bus booking websites.