25 Oct 2014


City of Light - Varanasi

The land of Moksh - Varanasi is popularly known as Kashi and Banaras. This one of the holiest cities of India is situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is said that it was founded by Lord Shiva about 5000 years ago and is positioned charmingly 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. The travel guide Varanasi provides all the relevant information related to this holy city.
The significance of Varanasi lies in the faith of the people, those who die in Kashi will achieve salvation or Moksh. The city is crowded by numbers of Hindu devotees every day all round the year. The Varanasi travel guide gives all the details about this city. 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.
By train
Trains are the easiest way to reach Varanasi, with multiple daily services to cities including Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Get in
Varanasi is well connected by train and bus, with multiple of each heading in every direction daily. The trains and buses are dirty and overcrowded by Western standards. The people, however, are warm and accomodate westerners who are unfamiliar with their customs and don't take offense when you don't follow their ways.

Train Number
Train Name
You may board at
You may alight at
Rajdhani Express
New Delhi
Mughal Sarai Junction
Rajdhani Express
New Delhi, Lucknow
Varanasi Junction
Shivganga Express
New Delhi
Manduadih Varanasi
Lokmanya Tilak (T) - Varanasi Express
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (Mumbai)
Varanasi Junction
Lokmanya Tilak (T) - Bhagalpur Express
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (Mumbai)
Mughal Sarai Junction
Vibhuti Express
Howrah (Kolkata)
Mughal Sarai Junction, Varanasi Junction
Howrah-Jodhpur Express
Howrah (Kolkata)
Mughal Sarai Junction

Also see Rail travel in India

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