is the most popular pilgrimage place for the Hindus. The rich cultural
heritage and tradition of Varanasi makes it the cultural capital of
India. For ages, Varanasi has been a center of learning of Indian
philosophy, spiritualism, mysticism and other branches of education.
Varanasi is essentially a melting pot of Indian culture. In Hindu
religion, it is believed that one, who dies and is cremated at Varanasi,
gets an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and
re-births. Being associated with Hindu traditions and religion, Varanasi
is home to numerous temples, muths and Ashrams.
By virtue of its religious and cultural importance, Varanasi is abuzz
with fairs and festivals all round the year. Almost every month, some
important festival is celebrated in Varanasi. Besides festivals and
holidays, many "Melas" or fairs are also held at Varanasi. At
Varanasi, fairs and festivals are celebrated with traditional gaiety and
fervor and are symbolic of celebration of life at its best. The festive
atmosphere never seems to end in Varanasi. It's not important to make
itinerary according to the dates and months as one can come and enjoy
the festive season of Varanasi anytime of the year!