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Varanasi

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Spiritual Capital of India

A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion. Hindus believe that dying and being cremated in this colorful city by the Ganges ensures "moksha," the liberation from the ongoing cycle of rebirth and death. One of the world's oldest cities, Varanasi gained a reputation for its fine quality silks and grew into a commercial center. Exploring the markets and side-street workshops of the city stands as a highlight of most Varanasi vacations. Varanasi is in Varanasi District. Our India day trip planning tool allows you to plan your trip to Varanasi and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
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