Varanasi – “Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, And looks twice as old as all of them put together ” – Mark Twain
Situated on a cresent moon shaped bend in the river Ganges, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and the holiest of the Hindu pilgrim centers.
We stayed at the 200 year old Ganpati Guest House in a room with a balcony over The Holy River Ganges.
From the main road it’s an interesting 15 minute walk along ancient narrow lanes, too narrow for even a rickshaw, to the Guesthouse.
We spent 6 hours wandering around old Varanasi with Pappu, a guide from Varanasi Walks.
Here’s a few pictures of what we saw.
26 September 2019
Sarnath is the place, about 15 kilometres from Varanasi, where Lord Buddha made his first sermon after his enlightenment in 528 BCE. Buddha’s first 5 disciples expanded to today’s 500 million followers and it all started here in Sarnath. Consequently, it’s one of the 4 main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations.