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    Travis Katz
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    5 Mar 24, 2014

    This is the single most amazing place in the world. Reputed to be the oldest continually inhabited human civilization, Varanasi has an energy all its own. It is also one of the holiest cities in Hinduism, and many people believe that if you die in Varanasi you will be granted enlightenment. As a result, people come here to die, and there are funeral pyres burning 24/7 on the stone ghatts along the ganges.

    Note: this place, like many spots in India, is not for the faint of heart. Its dirty, full of crazy things. You will see dead bodies everywhere and other things that may shock your senses.

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    . Troy
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    5 Feb 08, 2014

    Many cities vie for the title of the oldest inhabited city on Earth - Damascus among them - but people, prepare for a place which will just blow your mind. Welcome to the wheel of life, done only as the extremities of India can do. You'll either be immediately captivated or loathe the place at first sight. I fell in love with it, for words I can't even begin to describe.

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    2 Dec 27, 2013

    India is indeed “dirty”, “messy” and “smelly” but I have gotten more out of it than any other place I have been.

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    5 Apr 03, 2014

    The sacred Hindu city of Varanasi is one of the world's oldest cities and has fostered a continuous religious tradition since the 6th century BC. It is known as Kashi, the City of Light, and is said to have been founded by the Hindu god Shiva. Today pilgrims bathe daily in the River Ganges, despite chemicals and refuse. Try climbing down to the banks on the ghats (stone steps) but don't be tempted to join the devotees in their ablutions.

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    5 Jan 22, 2014

    Varanasi, also known as Benares, is one of the oldest continually inhabited places in the world. The sobering scenes of public cremation on the steps on the banks of the Ganges are what it's best known for, but it's equally a paradise for photographers, history lovers, and those with an interest in getting thoroughly lost -- the alleys of the old city are a maze to rival the most serious Cretean labyrinth. Be forewarned, though: Varanasi is often a hard place to like, with rabid touts and taxi-drivers, and cut-throat commissions on everything from hotels to silks to hashish, and it's a place that requires a heavy dose of patience. If you can get past that (and staying outside of the melee of the Old City), you'll discover a place of ancient magic, as amazing as anywhere on earth.

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    Ingrid Katz
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    5 Oct 23, 2013

    the cultural center of India. A very sacred city. Best is to sit at one of the Ghats for at least 1/2 day and watch....... It is truly astonishing!

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    Daniela Doig
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    5 Apr 23, 2013

    A once-in-a-life experience! Truly exotic and mystical! Don't miss the puja ceremony at sunrise...Namaste!

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    4 Apr 11, 2013

    Really interesting place. So colourful during Holi! Definitely worth visiting and great for photographers

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    Adrian San
    5 Nov 24, 2012

    Die nordindische Stadt Varanasi oder Benares gilt als heiligste Stadt der Hindus. Wer nach Indien reist, sollte sich auf keinen Fall den Anblick der Pilger entgehen lassen, wenn sie im Ganges bei Sonnenaufgang vor der Kulisse der alten Tempel baden und am Flussufer meditieren. Benares ist zudem ein blühendes kulturelles Zentrum, das schon viele bekannte Schriftsteller hervorbrachte, und ist berühmt für seine Seidenweberei. Daher lohnt sich ein Besuch auf dem chaotischen Basar, um beim Feilschen einige wunderschöne Souvenirs zu ergattern. Am besten kommt man in der Stadt mit der Rikscha herum.

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    Himalayer Ami
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Varanasi is one of my favourite places. I visited it in this year and desired to visit again and again. The city has a flow of life. It is the oldest city of our nation. The ganga ghats speaks the story of 2000 years. The arati arranged and performed by seva nidhi at dashaswamedh is awesome. The foods of beneras street also very nice. The collection of Ramnagar museum is nice. The Sankotmochan temple and Annapurna charity at kalkia gali, kashi are amazing......................I love Varanasi

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    Prashant Chaturvedi
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This is one of the oldest cities in India. This city has been the center of education and other religious activities in the antiquity. This city is most popular for it's open culture. Visit to India will always be incomplete without visiting this place. This is a unique place which shows the culture of India in it's own way.

    Just beware of the thugs. Prepare before you visit.

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    ChabadPacker
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Since his horse had died and not wanting his horse to have to be reincarnated and suffer, Krishna (who is a bad ass lord, everyone’s afraid of him) blessed the Ganges River. If you get to have your body there after you die you don’t get reincarnated, and the greatest way is to be burnt on the river bed and have your ashes put in the river. One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen crazy things in my days. But to see 10 fires burning, just bodies and bodies, with people walking the streets waiting to die so they too will get thrown in the river. Pretty intense stuff.

    Oh, and they say that the Ganges is more parts bacteria than water! You wouldn’t brush your teeth in this, but some Indian guy had no problem with it (the counter-productivity is fantastic).

    Varanasi is both extremely dry and the stink is insane! Have your guest house planned out and stick to it, as the rickshaw drive will try and take you to 5 other places. The train ride from Varanasi back to Delhi took 26 hours! Thank God for iPads.

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    Beth Wright
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    We had one day here, but we should have stayed at least a week. The traffic outside of the old city is horrendous, so find a hotel or hostel on the river Ganges, where you can walk out your doors and be in the midst of it all. Sit on the ghats and watch for hours on end. It's an experience you will never forget.

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    Monique Vanni
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    This place is really full on. The most important spiritual pilgrimage site in India, it's magic, colorful, cultural, dirty, everything in one. Great music scene as well. The ghatts are worth the boat ride at dawn!

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    Shagun Tripathi
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Varanasi also termed as Kashi, Banaras is a holy city of India, Morning of Varanasi is famous in all over the world. Varanasi is a spiritual place for Hindu, Jain and Buddhism. Evening worship of a holy river Ganga known as Ganga Aarti attracts millions of tourist. Varanasi is a place which gives peace and relax , morning Yoga and meditation is a way to get relax. Millions of peoples used to come here to remove their sins. Sarnath is a place in Varanasi where God Buddha had given his preaching.An interesting fact of Varanasi is that one can find temple at every steps thatsy also known as City of Temples

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    Assaf Benjamin
    5 Jul 03, 2012

    I gave Varanasi 5 stars, although the definition "Loved It" is not the right one. For Varanasi it should be a simple "MUST visit". Because Varanasi is a place you simply need to visit. Wonder around the tiny alleys, walk between the houses, sit on the Gangas' bank and just observe. No need to talk, just look, listen and smell.
    Varanasi is where spirits leave bodies after the body has served it's time. You see it, you smell it, you feel it. my only regret about Varanasi is that I only had 3 days there. Next time it will take 3 weeks.

    Just go.

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    4 Jul 20, 2013

    India's most Holy City on the river Ganges. astonishedXpression.wordpress.com

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    4 Nov 09, 2012

    A very holy city. Must visit.

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    Bharat Bhargava
    5 Aug 18, 2012

    I LOVE VARANASI

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The sacred Hindu city of Varanasi is one of the world's oldest cities and has fostered a continuous religious tradition since the 6th century BC. It is known as Kashi, the City of Light, and is said to have been founded by the Hindu god Shiva. Today pilgrims bathe daily in the River Ganges, despite chemicals and refuse. Try climbing down to the banks on the ghats (stone steps) but don't be tempted ... read more
to join the devotees in their ablutions. A must-see on any trip to North India, Varanasi is a city of ancient mysteries and scorching summers.

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