"Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together" Mark Twain
Known to the devout as Kashi, the Luminious, the City of Light, Varanasi was founded by Shiva and is the oldest living city in the world. Varanasi has maintained its religious life since the sixth century BC in one unbroken and continuous tradition, and stands at the centre of the Hindu universe. Situated along the shores of the holy river Ganga, the water front is dominated by ghats where thousands of pilgrims and residents come for their daly ablutions.
Varanasi is also known as the City of Learning and Burning. To die or to be cremated here on these holy shores is said to bring the soul to liberation or moksha.