Varanasi is popularly known as Kashi and Banares. It is one of the holiest cities of India, situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is said that it was founded by Lord Shiva about 5000 years ago and is positioned on the west bank of Holy Ganges River. It has got its name from two sacred rivers Varuna situated at the north and Assi situated at the south of the city. The city is mentioned in the sacred epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.  It is a perfect place for those who are stirred by Hindu beliefs, traditions, cultures and notions. They can have genuine life experiences, of the Hindu lifestyle and faith here. Varanasi is also renowned as a hub of silk weaving. The Paan, a mixture of betel leaves, areca nut, tobacco and lime, is a common chewing addiction in India but in Benaras it reaches artistic levels. There are a number of enchanting temples in the city that showcases the customs and religious belief of the Hindus. The city is also a major hub of art, craft, education as well as culture.

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