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History of varanasi

According to mythology, it is believed that Varanasi was founded by Lord Shiva. The Pandavas from the great epic Mahabharata, also visited this pious city. It is one of the seven cities in which a person can attain Moksha. It is said that, Varanasi receives its name from the two rivers namely Varuna and Assi. In Rigveda and Skanda Purana, Varanasi is referred to as Kashi. Throughout the ages, this city was known as Kasika, Avimukta, Anandavana and Rudravasa. \n\nThe archaeological evidence states that early settlements around Varanasi began in the 20th century B.C. It is acknowledged as the world’s oldest inhabited cities. The historical remains state that Varanasi was populated by the people of Vedic age. According to Atharvaveda, the oldest vedic text, Varanasi was inhabited by the people from indigenous tribes. Recent excavations state the existence of the city must have been from onwards 1800 B.C. During the time of Gautama Buddha, the city of Varanasi was the capital of the Kashi Kingdom and became one of the revered industrial centres. The famous Chinese traveller, Hiuen Tsang, visited this city in 635 AD and referred it as a centre of religious and artistic activities.

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  • Theme of Varanasi [Heritage, Culture, Pilgrimage]
  • You'll love Varanasi for [Evening aarti beside Ganges, Heritage tour, Boating]
  • Watchout for [Crowd, Untidiness]
  • Best Time To Visit
    October - March
  • Altitude 265 ft. above sea level

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    Kashi Pilgrimage Tour
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    Rs.10,550
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    New Delhi, Haridwar, Varanasi & Bodh Gaya - Kashi Yatra
    5 Nights, 6 Days
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    Rs.14,600
    Per Person on twin sharing
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    Varanasi
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    Hotel Balaji Palace
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Popular Flights To varanasi

    • AMDAhmedabad
      VNSVaranasi
    • Go Air
      G8-804
    • 21:45 07:05
      1 Stop
    • 09h 20m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.3,324
    • JAIJaipur
      VNSVaranasi
    • Indigo
      6E-839
    • 06:40 19:20
      1 Stop
    • 12h 40m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.4,375
    • IXBBagdogra
      VNSVaranasi
    • Indigo
      6E-221
    • 07:10 12:35
      1 Stop
    • 05h 25m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.4,539
    • GAUGuwahati
      VNSVaranasi
    • Indigo
      6E-2614
    • 11:10 21:25
      1 Stop
    • 10h 15m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.5,316
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      VNSVaranasi
    • Go Air
      G8-424
    • 10:25 20:00
      1 Stop
    • 09h 35m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.5,399
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      VNSVaranasi
    • Go Air
      G8-345
    • 20:05 12:35
      1 Stop
    • 16h 30m
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    • Rs.5,460
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Top 5 Reasons Why Varanasi Should Be On Every Honeymooner's Wish List!

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Here's Why The Rich Culture Of Varanasi Makes It An Amazing Holiday Spot

Everything you need to know about Varanasi’s culture.

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