Varanasi is the most sacred Hindu pilgrim site. It is a timeless city mentioned in the important Hindu holy books like Rig Veda, Mahabharata, Ramayana and some Puranas. It is famous for its Ghats and numerous splendid temples. There numerous tour packages you can take to explore the best of Varanasi. Besides Hindus, Varanasi is also important pilgrimage centre for the Buddhists and Jains. Just nearby Varanasi is Sarnath where Buddha gave his first discourse thus turning the wheel of Dharma. Buddha himself designated Varanasi as one of the four sacred places of Buddhism others being Lumbini, Kusinagar and Bodh Gaya.
The best way to see the Ghats is through a splendid boat ride on the waters of Ganges. Sunset boat is immensely popular as you would be able to see the lit up temples and Ghats. The most popular attraction is the evening ‘Arti’ when thousands of diyas are flown down the sacred river. It is truly a divine sight. Sunrise boat is also popular when you would see the Hindus bathing at the ghats and performing their daily rituals. It is a common sight all across India.