VARANASI - BENARES

Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the city of Varanasi, anciently called Bénarès under english colony, is one of the most ancient sacred cities in the world, its religious history going back to the VIth century B.C. Varanasi stretches down a curvy bank of the Ganga river, where millions of pilgrims come each year, hoping to purify their souls with the elixir of life that flows down its current. This holy city was founded by Shiva, the God of Destruction, which enables the dying pilgrims, if they die in Varanasi, to reach directly illumination.