Banaras or Vanarasi whatever you call it, is the epitome of everything Indian you can experience. The one city that represents India in a better way than most of the Indian cities that one will visit during their travel to India. The mystic experience of Banaras is something that no picture or words can describe in a better way. Due to the divine nature of this city Mark Twain described this place as ‘Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.’
Varanasi exists because of the ghats, the people and its old narrow lanes that with houses older than one can imagine.
The engulfing night in Benaras
I arrived in Varanasi on a November morning and was engulfed in the chaos and randomness on the station. I was surrounded by the auto rikshaw drivers and porters who I had to push and make my way out from the station. I wanted to go to Assi ghat and find a guest house on my own but the humble auto driver took me to another hotel at another place that I refused to visit and forced him to take me where I wanted to go.
Banaras is easily accesible from majority of Indian cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata as most train ply on this route to reach the Eastern railway zone.