Postcard Greetings from Varanasi, India
What city in the world has been continuously inhabited for more than 10,000 years? It is not Rome, Jerusalem, Athens or Alexandria. It is the historic city of Varanasi in India. Greetings from Varanasi, a city of myth, spiritual awakening and the cradle of human civilization.
Allure of the ancient city of Kashi
Varanasi is an ancient city located on the banks of river Ganga in India with its history going back some 10,000 years to the oldest epics of Hindu literature. It was known as Kashi in ancient times. It is believed to have been founded by the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and it holds a central place in the traditions of pilgrimage, death, and mourning in the Hindu world.
An example of flood resiliency and survival
Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously occupied urban settlements in the world and is a great example of flood resilient sustainable city. Hindus believe that those who die here will attain freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. Varanasi is home to many important Hindu temples, including the Kashi Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Greetings from Varanasi – a city of ghats
Varanasi is also home to nearly 100 ghats, with the most popular and oldest being Dashashwamegha, Manikarnika and Harishchandra Ghats. The ghats of Varanasi date back to the 14th century and are primarily used for bathing and Hindu religious rituals. Behind the imposing buildings of the ghats lay the narrow streets of the old city of Varanasi. Walking through these streets is an experience of a lifetime.
Please review these and other travel postcards here! Thanks.