Varanasi, the place of Lord Shiva, is the holy pilgrim city of the Hindus. In their belief it is the oldest city of world. Take a walk along Varanasi’s ghats, go down the stairs that are leading down to Ganges and that are the place for the morning rituals of thousands of Hindus who are bathing themselves with the holy water. By making a boat trip you can have a wonderful view on the city and on its burning places where a never-ending fire burns day and night for the funerals on the riverside. Hindus believe that whoever dies in the holy city is free from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Varanasi is also a centre of art and music and you can enjoy wonderful concerts of Indian classical music there. Near to Varanasi, only ten kilometres away, you will find Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first discourse after his enlightenment.