One of the world’s oldest living cities Varanasi, also popularly known as Benares and Kashi is situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. It is an important pilgrimage centre for not only Hindus, but Buddhists and Jains as well. It is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati who stood upon this land at the beginning of time. Varanasi a mythological city, mesmerise you with its beautiful shrines and temples, the soul-stirring hymns and mantras which is filled all over the air and the early morning sun rays sparkling across the holy Ganges is a treasure to watch. Numerous eminent Indian philosophers, poets, writers, and musicians resided in Varanasi once upon a time. It is also famous for the Benares Gharana (school) of Indian classical music and the Banaras Hindu University.