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Major Attraction of Varanasi Tours in North India
By:Nikita Martin

North India is filled with lot many places to visit. There is something for people of all ages. If you have a spiritual corner, then North India Varanasi tour is the must visit place for you. A place filled with peace and spirituality is Varanasi, which attracts people from all corners of the world.

The land of Varanasi is also known as kashi, which is the oldest pilgrimage destination of Hindus since ages. The place is often called as Benares, which is the oldest city in the world.

Benaras is also called as the home of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Hindu belief says, one who dies on the pious land of Varanasi is bound to attain freedom from the vicious circle of birth and death. The holy river Ganga flows in the city and it is believed that the pious river has the power to rinse away the human sins.

The tourists to this place can also enjoy the fun of shopping here. Various shopping attractions of Varanasi include Chowk, Vishwanath Gali, Godoulia and Golghar. The city is known for silk weaving as well as brassware industry. One can purchase shawls as well as beautiful carpets, apart from wall hangings and ornaments.

There are famous ghats in Varanasi which are worth seeing. It includes Dasaswamedh Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat, and Lalita Ghat. The city remains in hustle bustle during fairs and festivals which are attended by thousands of devotees across the country. Some of the famous festivals which are celebrated with pomp and show are Mahashivratri and Dhrupad Mela.

In the festival of Mahashivratri, a vast procession starts from the Maha-Mritunjaya temple and ends at Kashi Viswanath Temple. Dhrupad Mela comes in the month of March, and is known as five-day music festival. The fair is held on the Tulsi Ghats, where renowned artists gather to perform Dhrupad, an essential part of Banarasi Music.

Tourists on North India Varanasi tour can also attend Ganga Festival which is held in the months of October and November. In this festival, River Ganga is worshipped along with ardent festivity. The city is also filled with tourists in the month of Kartik Purnima. The sight of illuminated floating diyas (earthen lamps) is worth seeing sight. It offers a divine sight to the ghats of Ganges. The tourists visiting the city of Varanasi should not miss the popular pilgrimage spots, which include Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Gyanvapi Mosque, St. Mary's Church, Durga Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, and Nepali Temple.

People of all religions and spiritual beliefs come to visit the city of Varanasi. The city is known for its Hindu identity of rich literature, and philosophy. Buddhist followers also visit the city to reach Sarnath which is about 10 kms away from Varanasi. This place was the abode of Buddha where he started preaching his first sermon once he attained enlightenment. Varanasi is also the birthplace of Jain’s Parsvanath, the 23rd Tirthankar.

Varanasi is also known as the most popular handloom center in the globe. One can see a lot of pure Silk Sarees with zari work in it.

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