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An ode to Varanasi: The city that stole my heart

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Why I fell in love with Varanasi

I never thought I would find myself in love with a city. But, from the moment I arrived in Varanasi, India, I was hooked. The sights, smells and sounds of the city are unlike anywhere else in the world. And, despite the chaotic nature of the city, there is a certain beauty and peace to be found here. 

Ganga at Varanasi

In Varanasi, you can find yourself lost in a sea of people and yet feel completely at home.

The Ganges: the lifeline of the city

The Ganges is the lifeline of Varanasi. It is a sacred river that flows through the city and is a source of life for many people. Every day, people bathe in the river, and it is considered to be a cleansing experience. 

A river is also a place of worship, and many people come to the river to offer prayers. The Ganges is an important part of Varanasi, and it is one of the most sacred places in India.


Over half a million people live along its banks and come to the river each day to bathe, pray, and perform funeral rites


The river is also an essential part of Varanasi’s economy, providing water for crops, fish for restaurants, and transport for goods. And, of course, the river is simply beautiful, drawing visitors from all over the world to experience its majesty.

The ghats: where life and death meet


India is a land of contrasts and nowhere is this more apparent than in the holy city of Varanasi. Along the banks of the River Ganges, Hindus come to perform religious rituals, bathe in the sacred waters and even cremate their dead. The Ghats of Varanasi are where life and death meet.


For Hindus, the River Ganges is a holy river and bathing in it is thought to cleanse away all your sins.

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The ghats of Varanasi are a place like no other. Here, life and death meet in the most literal sense. Every day, cremations take place on the banks of the Ganges River, and Hindus believe that by doing so, their loved ones will attain moksha or liberation from the cycle of rebirth. Hindus literally come here to die.

To those who have never seen it, the scene may seem morbid.

The temples: a place of worship and wonder

The city of Varanasi, India is home to many temples which serve as a place of worship for Hindus. These temples are not only a place of worship but also place of wonder, due to their intricate architecture and design. Visitors to the city often take time to visit these temples, in order to learn more about the Hindu religion and culture.

BHU Temple, Varanasi

Varanasi has been a center of Hinduism for centuries, as it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) for Hindus. The most famous temple here is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which was built in the 17th century by King Shiva Singh Shah.

The people: what makes Varanasi special

There’s something special about Varanasi. It’s a city like no other, where the past and present collide to create an intoxicating mix of culture, religion and tradition.

It’s a place where you can see ancient temples and palaces rub shoulders with modern-day markets and homes, where the smell of incense and spices hangs in the air, and where the sound of chanting and drums echoes through the streets.

But it’s not just the physicality of Varanasi that makes it special. It’s the people. The friendly faces, the warm smiles, the infectious laughter. The people of Varanasi are what make this city truly special.

In conclusion, Varanasi is a special place because of its people. They are friendly, welcoming, and always willing to help. There is a sense of community here that you don’t find in many other places. If you’re ever in India, be sure to visit Varanasi and see for yourself what makes it so special.

Conclusion: My love for Varanasi

In conclusion, I absolutely loved my time in Varanasi and would highly recommend it to anyone considering visiting Uttar Pradesh. The city is incredibly vibrant and full of life, and the people are some of the most friendly and welcoming I’ve ever met. If you’re looking for an authentic Indian experience, Varanasi is definitely the place to go!

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