Maharajas' Express Blog



“Varanasi which is also known as Banaras or kasha is located on the banks of the river Ganges which is considered the most holy river in India. Varanasis spiritual importance goes ahead as being one of the 7 holy cities (Sapta Puri) and has also played its role in the development of Buddhism. It is this role and its location & culture that have brought Varanasi to be known as the spiritual capital of India. Varanasi is often referred to as “”the city of temples””, “”the holy city of India””, “”the religious capital of India””, “”the city of lights””, “”the city of learning””, and “”the oldest living city on earth.””
The culture of this city is closely related to the river Ganges and has been a cultural centre of North India for several thousand years, and has a history that is older than most of the major world religions. It is this heritage that gives Varanasi its rich culture of literature & spirituality.
Today Varanasi is also known for its weaving apart from the temples in the city. Silk weaving is the dominant manufacturing industry in Varanasi. It is known throughout India for its production of very fine silk and Banarasi saris, brocades with gold and silver thread work, which are often used for weddings and special occasions. A must buy as souvenirs on your visit to Varanasi.”